Vox AC-30TB - Not happy, what should I try?

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  1. KDSI44

    KDSI44 Member

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    OK. Here is the deal. I have a Vox AC-30TB reissue made in England. I love the tone from the el84's, but it is way too much power for what i am doing. Please help with any recommendations. Here is what I am looking into. TopHat Royale. Orange AD15/12. Matchless LIghtning. Matchless Spitfire. Hayseed. Budda 18. Vox AC-15 CC(china). BadCat Cub. OK. I think that's it. I play indie rock with a Gibson ES-335. I really like the 'vox' sound. Please help!
     
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    try the AC15CC - or a regular AC15 RI if you can find one.
     
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  4. Joe Robinson

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    Maybe you tried one before, but did not mention it: Try an attenuator, say for instance a THD Hotplate (the blue 16 ohm one) It is an essential accessory to an AC30. If you don't know, an attenuator is placed between the amp and the speakers and bleeds off volume. The cost is about $250 on the street, maybe a bit more as I bought mine in 2001. Also, swapping out those greenbacks for Alinco blues is a good thing to do, but more expensive.

    They don't make the AC30TB any more, so hang on to that amp and see if you can make it work for you, before offloading something that will likely go up in value and sounds wonderful. If you want a Vox sound, you have the right amp already.

    Joe
     
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  6. Teleman

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    +1 on the THS hotplate. I used one when I had my AC30 TBX. If for any reason the amp doesn't work out for you drop me a line.
     
  7. Tag

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    My CC AC30 is frigging UNREAL. Save the bucks, and get REAL Vox tone. Get the Vox CC. Vox really went for it. They custome make their OWN transformers and everything. Just a KILLER amp. :AOK Listen to the third clip down here....Its my Vox CC. http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=271268
     
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    I have a 2003 AC30 w/ the blue speakers and found it to be too loud as well, however the hotplate did the trick. I can crank for distortion or can turn it up enough just to get it sounding warm without all the volume. Great for playing at home.
     
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    Sounds great Tag!! No one believes me when I say how great the CC sounds - they say how thin and chinese it sounds when they tried it at the store! I think your clips prove that it is a true Vox amp, probably my favorite Vox amp of the modern era including the cloners.
     
  10. wordsonyou

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    BTW here is my ac30CC clip:
    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/songInfo.cfm?bandID=354471&songID=3265925

    and here is my ac15CC clip:
    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/songInfo.cfm?bandID=354471&songID=3265905
     
  11. riffmeister

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    I've owned a couple of TopHat Club Royales. VERY nice amp for Vox-ish/Marhsall-ish tones! The new ones with tube rectifier and deep cab are particularly nice.
     
  12. gulliver

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    +7 on the Hotplate.
     
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    Do yourself a favor and keep the TB! Get a Hotplate!!

    I have demoed both the 15 and 30 extensively and at volume in live rooms. The TB has no equal as a re-issue imo. There is a thickness in the upper end,as well as an incredible sweetness that is not matched by any of the few [5+] CC's that I have played.

    If you do want to unload it, get a hold of me. I might be in a position to buy.

    M.E.
     
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    U'd be crazy to get rid of the amp.
    +? on the hotplate.
     
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    I agree: get an attenuator. there's nothing quite like an ac30 top boost on 8 with bulldog speakers for that sound. Chords just drip with gorgeous harmonic distortion.
     
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    Another vote for the Hot Plate, I use one with my 2002 TBX.
     
  18. morgan

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    Attenuators are awesome with ac30's. I went the mv route. I had an AC30HW for a while, but it didn't have the complexity and jangle of the the regular voxes. I sold that and got a hayseed 2x12 with blues. It just kills. The master vol works great, and it has a half-power switch.
     
  19. Pete Faragher

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    Hey..... I believe you. I've heard it with my own ears.
    On the attenuator note. Go with the Dr. Z Airbrake instead of the THD. I don't want to start an attenuator pissing contest here but, I own both and I'd be happy to sell my THD now.


    Pete
     
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    One thing to keep in mind, this thread is getting so many hotplate/airbrake recommendations because it's common knowledge that Vox amps do a great job at clipping their power tubes. It seems some amps, like a Peavey I played this summer for example, can't clip their power tubes, even when on 10. For these amps, a hotplate may add nice power tube compression at ear-friendly volumes, but I don't won't add the secret sauce IMHO.
     

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