Making a Tremolux head into a combo?

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  1. Geetar_Will

    Geetar_Will Supporting Member

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    Been using a '64 Tremolux head and 2x12 cab (gold/G12H) for a while now. The cab is too loud for what I do and I don't like the head/cab thing anymore. I'm considering having the head built into a 1x12 combo. If I don't do this, I'm selling both the amp and cab. Questions below...

    - What speaker might you suggest? I like the celestions, I use fuzz and sometimes a lead boost (on top of that) so it has to not crap out on the lows and take a decent amount fuzz overdriven abuse. 4 ohms.

    - Is this a terrible thing to do to a vintage amp? Yes I'll destroy some value, but I suppose it can be reversed.

    - How might an amp like this sound in a deluxe size cab with a 1x12? Could this be something unique and cool?
     
  2. Mattbedrock

    Mattbedrock Silver Supporting Member

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    I am a huge Tremolux fan - I own two and think they are highly underated. I played mine for years as well with 2x12 cabs. But the original Tremolux's were 2x10 closed back cabs that I have since acquired. A more manageable volume and size.

    In terms of converting it to a combo, a Tremolux in a 1x12 combo cab is very close to a Vibrolux (non-reverb) - a very coveted and rare amp. The same in a 2x10 combo is like a Vibrolux Reverb (with no reverb) - a classic combo.

    Putting the chassis in a combo cab doesn't hurt any value, just save the head cab and you're back to stock with 4 bolts.

    As for speakers, I'm old school, so I use mine with Jensen P10Q's.
     
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    Geetar_Will Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the info!
    Indeed, the other guy in the band plays a '66 tremolux with the matching 2x10 closed back cab.

    I'm leaning more towards the 1x12 combo. I have an Allen Old Flame - which is 2x10.
     
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    I have a JD Newell 1x15 cab. Worked out great. On of my go to favorites for quite a few years now. Not heavy either. I really like the head through a pair of old C12N's in an open back cab too...
     
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    I've always wanted one of those 2x10 tremolux cabs,but they get way big dollars... even in this market. I've tried a bunch of 2x10's. Most recently put a couple of red fangs into a z28 combo and it kills... the amp is a bit mid rangy. I keep thinking this pair of speakers with a tremolux would be awesome.
     
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    Tele71 Gold Supporting Member

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    Big Tremolux fan here. The 1x15 is awsome as is the 2x10. I had a 3x10 cab built that I could change baffels in. It was awesome. The 2x10 set up is classic. If you decide to sell your heah and cab please contact me with a desired pirce. Thanks
    Paul
     
  7. slider313

    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    Have Mather make you a single 12" brown Vibrolux size cabinet, in black, to house the chassis. It a bit bigger than the blackface Deluxe and will project and sound better. I would go with a Weber Legacy, 40 oz. magnet, 65 watt voice coil, 55hz cone, standard British dustcap and well broken in.
     
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    Weber has so many great choices at great prices. It's not making this any easier.
     
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    Here's my Bandmaster chassis in a 22" high Mather cab with a single 15" Weber Blue Dog ceramic @ 4 ohms.

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    15"? Wow... Can you compare it to a 12" soundwise? I've never played through a 15".
     
  11. wgs1230

    wgs1230 Fully Intonatable Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd stay away from the 15" with fuzz- too loose on the bass- and go for the Blue Dog 12", which I've had in my '64 Deluxe-Amp for several years with no problems.
     
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    I've read the blue dog doesn't hold the fuzzface low end real well... Have you tried anything along those lines? What are the specs on your Blue Dog?
     
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    wgs1230 Fully Intonatable Silver Supporting Member

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    50w ceramic, light dope, 8ohms. Works fairly well with a FF though I've been using a Ram's Head clone lately. I've also used a Foxrox Octron with the low-octave turned up and it handles that, too.
     
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    pretty sure the Tremolux wants to see a 4 ohm load so you'll have to track down a 4 ohm 12" to get the best tone if you go w/ a single spk
     
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    Indeed sir. So far most all the Weber speakers I've looked at have the 4 ohm option. Also WGS said they would do a special order for a 4 ohm version of one of their speakers.
     
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    Cool... came out nice..
     

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