Marshall 1974X Clone Question

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  1. Marshall Man

    Marshall Man Member

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    I just built a GDS clone, TMB version and was wondering what you all thought about speakers for it. I currently have a V30 in there, would the Heritage Series be a better choice? I'm mainly going to use the amp for Classic Rock, mainly Skynyrd, Hatchet etc.

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  2. amp boy

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    Scumback Speakers.
    That's what came to mind when you said "classic rock"
    and if jim happens to see this, yes that's a compliment.
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    I've got a GDS 18 watter and it's been pretty much my favoite amp among lots of other cool vintage amps I own for the past 5+ years.

    Mine powers a pair of 10" Weber Blue Pups (it's a combo). Alnicos sound great w/these 18 watters.
     
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    weber 1255 ceramic in mine is fine but i dig it with a 4x12
    go with weber or scumback
     
  5. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    A Greenback is nice
     
  6. Marshall Man

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    Damn, I'm loving this amp even with the V30 in it. I have the 2061X Stack, I'll try the combo through the cab and see how that sounds. The big problem I'm having now though is a massive hum/buzz type thing going on even with nothing plugged in, any ideas?
     
  7. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    check grounds, input jack wiring
     
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    Also check your heater wire routing. Best is to have them running along the back corner edge of the chassis, then out at 90 degrees only when you need to run them to a tube. Keeps them as far as possible away from anything else. (I don't actually know the specific layout of your amp - but you get the drill, get those heater wires along a corner opposite everything.)

    After that, I'd look to the input wiring and the quality of your grounds.
     
  9. Steve Dallas

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    G12H30 is a great choice of this amp. Also check out a Emi Wizard and Private Jack. Tone Tubbies also mate very well with 18 Watt amps.
     
  10. Marshall Man

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    Thanks for that info, I'll check the grounds and routing. I have the main groun running the backs of the pots, I did not use a floating ground.

    Thanks for the speaker tips from everyone.
     
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    I heard one (TMB+EF86 channels) through a 2x10" loaded with Weber Blue pups and it was an amazing sounding amp. Thinking of building one myself but haven't figured out where to buy the kit yet. Ceriatone or GDS...
     
  12. Marshall Man

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    I went with GDS and Reason for the cab. Graydon (GDS) has amazing customer support and quality of components. I have bugged him constantly with questions on building the kit and he is very helpful.
     
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    Thinking of getting a Ceriatone TMB 18 watt clone ....how do these amps take pedals ( have an OCD and Keeley DS-1 ) ?
     
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    i built a Dockery TMB and very rarely use a pedal. if i do, it's just fuzz/wah. it has been said many times, but the whole point of the 18 watt is to achieve the power tube distortion that is difficult to create in many 50 or 100 watt at small club levels.

    i think they take pedals really well.

    there is a pretty simple cascade mod. it runs the first channels pre-amp into the second channel pre-amp giving up some jcm-800 tones....

    these are really fun amps, but i must say, it can get lost in the mix if you're really rockin' :dude

    tube swapping is real fun and easy!

    jeff
     
  15. Marshall Man

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    They take pedals really well, everyone I have tried and I do not have any boutiqe pedals.
     
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    oh yah, in response to the origanal post, do not forget about Sammisound speakers...they're cheap and they rock!

    jeff
     
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    Once you own an 18 watt, you'll sell off all your dirt boxes. A little transistor in an overpriced tin box just won't cut for you anymore. Power tube distortion is where it's at
     
  18. Marshall Man

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    I don't know about that, they take pedals so well...just the opposite of my 2061X!
     
  19. LesPaulPlayer

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    +1.

    I just installed my recently finished GDS Trem chassis into a Reason 1x12. Fine stuff from both guys. I installed a G12M Greenback RI into the cabinet and really like what it's doing with this amp.
     

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