Opinions on the Vox AC15HTVH

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  1. Boytbpc

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    I've got a lead on a new Vox AC15HTVH for about $600. I'm really interested, but won't have an opportunity to try-before-I-buy. I know the 2010 HW series is getting rave reviews and that the Hertiage series had a weird handwired/PCB hybrid.

    What's everybodies opinions on the Heritage AC15? I have two cabinets to run the head through a Celestion Blue and a Celestion G12H30.

    Cheers,
    Matthew
     
  2. jmczaja

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    Great sounding head!
     
  3. Boytbpc

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    Do you know of any problems with it? I do see a lot of people saying not to buy pre-2010 Vox amps. Does this include the Heritage?
     
  4. Gretsch&Vox

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    It's a great amp. I had an AC15H1TV. Just make sure that you have a good/reliable, rectifier tube. And, some reliable power tubes like JJ EL84s.
     
  5. Boytbpc

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    If I get it, I'll definitely be picking up a NOS rectifier and EF-86, probably run reissue TungSols throughout the rest.
     
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  7. Gretsch&Vox

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    I heard about this *deal on another thread here. $600? That is a great deal.

    *Sam Ash in Florida (southern?)?
     
  8. ken374

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    you think thats good last year I met a guy at a local music store he brought his head and cab (ac15 htv) in he wanted 400! we chatted a bit and i decided I would go get the cash at the bank and meet him at this one restaurant. He wasnt from this side of town, I didnt get his phone number at the time any ways he didnt show up for some reason and prb though I was pulling his leg. next time i was at the store I was told that the guy came back the next day with the amp and sold it to the store, the owner put like a 900 dollar price tag on it! I was so pissed that i didnt get his number at the time but i ended up getting the ac15 hw1 for 950 2 weeks later lol
     
  9. Boytbpc

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    Just pulled the trigger.
     
  10. Boytbpc

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    That is correct.
     
  11. distorted noise

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    i had one and it's a great amp. Just make sure to retube it and the amp just love's Celestion Blues.
     
  12. Boytbpc

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    Going to have to wait a month before I can retube it, but it will happen. I was planning NOS for the preamp and rectifier and the Tube Store Preferred Series EL-84 for the poweramp. I have heard that these Voxs are hard on power tubes. Any comments?

    Now I need to wait the two weeks until it gets to my in Turkey. I love my APO Box, but jesus, it takes forever to get here.
     
  13. jmczaja

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    Vox's eat EL84's fairly quickly but it really depends on frequently you play it. Back when i was using my AC15HTVH for band practices (roughly about 9 hours a week), I would replace my EL84's about every 4 - 5 months..
     
  14. Boytbpc

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    Holy crap! 200 hours on a set of tubes, that doesn't seem like much at all. I got 10x that in my Tiny Terror and Blues Junior.

    Did you have tube failure?
     
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    I got 10 months on mine and still going fine JJ dont crank it all the time though. Tubestore.com
     
  16. Gretsch&Vox

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    Yes, they are very hard on power tubes but you will be rewarded with great tone. It's a hot, cathode/auto-biasing output circuit from what I've read. It generates a lot of heat (but not suitable for cooking eggs, bacon and the like). ;)

    I am very curious to hear your experience with the Tube Store Preferred Series EL-84s. They look interesting although I may be getting the best tone and reliability from my trusty JJ EL84s.
     
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    had a set of jj's (4) in my ac100 for years. They didn't fail and still sounded good when I sold the amp. that was in an amp that got VERY hot. I could cook hot dogs over the vent.....

    I played a ac15tv when they came out. I was in a music store and asked to play it in a isolated room. I turned it all the way up and played it hard. I was surprised how clean it stayed. I was thinking it would have a lot less headroom. Sounded good but not quite right for me, not dirty enough cranked...
     
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    I have an AC30H2 - NOS rectifier and Mullard EF86 which I got from Mike at KCA. The power tubes are JJ. The amp sounds FANTASTIC - I couldn't be happier with it.
     
  19. wordsonyou

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    love this series of vox amps...the heritage and hw line are the best ac30s in decades ymmv
     
  20. Boytbpc

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    It has arrived. It is awesome. It is LOUD for 15 watts.
     

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