Speaker change in chinese VOX AC-15 - suggestions?

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  1. carljoensson

    carljoensson Member

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    Hi,
    On behalf of a friend I thought I'd ask this:

    My friend (and lead player in my band) has a stock chinese AC-15, maybe two years old. He has the cheaper original speaker, Wharfedale?

    What would be a good replacement speaker for him? The style of music is vintage soul, country, jazz - rarely heavy distortion etc.

    Thanks in advance,

    Carl
     
  2. Deadduck

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    To get that classic Vox sound he should try a Celestion Blue Alnico, or one of the speakers modeled after it like a Weber Alnico Blue Dog, or Emminence Red Fang. Any of these should get him all the chime he needs.
     
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  4. Dr. Lo

    Dr. Lo Supporting Member

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    Good suggestion. I would simply add that the Weber AlNiCo Blue Dog, while being a phenomenal speaker, doesn't have as much "chime" as the Celestion Blue. THus, if you want the "classic" AC15 tone, I would go with the Celestion Blue.
     
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    The "best choice" depends, of course, on who you ask. I read a post from Lyle Caldwell, a noted Vox amp guru, who stated that the Webers are more like the vintage Blues than the new Celestion Blues, but then also read comments like Dr. Lo's, saying that the Celestion is the only path to true Vox chime. In the end, I went with the Celestion Blue, and although it put up quite a fight getting it broken in, I give it my highest recommendation.

    It's VOXY!:banana
     
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    I have a JBL in my AC15CC, and its great!!!

    needed to chip a little wood away from a wooden brace on the bottom but once it was in it was a transformed amp.

    I tried another PA style speaker, a DAS P12 and that too sounded fantastic.

    Warfdales are supposedly pretty good g12 style speakers, but they need breaking in for a long time,
     
  8. carljoensson

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    Pfflam: Interesting what you say about the warfdales being pretty good. I was assuming they would be the weak link in the "sound chain". Maybe they aren't.

    /C
     
  9. djinn1973

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    Has any one tried a Private Jack in a cc?
    Would a 50 watt speaker be too much for a 15 watt combo to drive?
    Should I be more concerined with speaker efficiency then watts?
     
  10. Mitch T

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    If you want it to be more loud then yes, you need to look into effeiciency.
    Anyway, although it's the logic thing to advise an Alnico Blue, a proper greenback like the Clestion Heritage is a very good and less expensive alternative.
     
  11. e-flat

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    Two other options that I really love:

    I have both a 15 watt Blue Dog and a 15 watt Silver Bell (both alnico) in my AC30CC. The 15 watt BD is as chimey as any Cele Blue I've ever heard, perhaps moreso (mine is undoped... she's bright!). I would say, though, that the 15 Watt Silver Bell is probably my fave alnico speaker of those I have owned or heard. Not quite as chimey as the 15 watt BD or Cele Blue, but plenty of sparkle with a really beautiful midrange. I've always been surprised that more folks don't talk about this speaker...

    So my vote for the AC15 goes to the Weber 15 Watt Silver Bell !
     
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    I didn't care for the red fang in my AC30 (maybe I didn't give enough breakin time) but really dig the greenbacks I put in it.

    Dark, articulate, rock all the way.
     
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    Go for the Weber Blue Bell...

    If its good enough for brad paisley then its gotta be good
     
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    warehouse guitar speakers black and blue alnico
     
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    Or you could try a Weber Silver Bell Alnico no dope, (see his FAQ on what that's all about). I love mine. The good thing is that there is no ice pick effect. Just a sweet, lively speaker that still has all the good things about the Blue.
     

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