I thought my speaker GAS had abated for good, but I should have know better. There are 3 relatively new contenders in the mid/high powered Alnico speaker range... Scumnico - 65W - 100W Austin Speaker Works (ASW) Alnico - 80W Jensen Blackbird - 100W These speakers are aiming at the Celestion Gold's tonal territory. I had 2 Fane AXA12s - 100W and they were great, but I replaced them with 2 Celestion Golds. I kept a Fane AXA10, which has the same voice coil and magnet as the AXA12, and is also 100W. I did some speaker comparisons today, playing my Rowan Montara with 3 Kent Armstrong noiseless P90s, my Kingsley D32C, and using the following speakers... Scholz Sugarcone EVM12L Celestion Heritage G12-65 Celestion Alnico Gold Fane AXA10 EVM10M Eminence Ragin Cajun I was surprised when I found myself greatly preferring the tones of the Fane AXA10 over the Celestion Gold. It didn't have quite the same sparkle in the cleans, but it wasn't far off, and the 'feel' of the Fane was much more musical and liquid with cleans and light OD. The low/mid OD tones through the Fane were much more to my liking as well, with a better feel and much more organic tones. So now I'm thinking about checking out other alternatives, as mentioned above. I've read a few reviews of the Scumnico and ASW Alnico, but nothing on the Jensen Blackbird yet. I'll probably get another Fane AXA12 anyway. I'm hoping this thread will be a collective contribution of people's experiences, and especially in comparison to other similar Alnico speakers, ie: how do these new ones compare to the Gold, Fane, each other, etc. Thanks!