Weber alnico blue Vs. ceramic blue?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Jack Dotson, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. Jack Dotson

    Jack Dotson Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2007
    Chesapeake, Va.
    Has anyone had a chance to compare these two side by side with the same amp, under the same conditions?

    I'm curious if there's a sound difference, especially at lower levels. And if so, how drastic?
  2. drweller

    drweller Member

    Aug 14, 2006
    Kansas City and Nashville
    A lot of difference. Alnico is softer, warmer, compresses more. Ceramic is brighter with a tigher bass, "quicker"/stiffer. Love both. Have/use both.
  3. FFTT

    FFTT Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    I've found that you really need to match the power of the amp to the speaker power ratings rather closely if you want your AlNiCos to sing the way they should.

    So far I like the results mixing and matching ceramics with AlNiCos
    to cover the whole tonal spectrum.

    From crisp and clean to sweet and juicy depending on your set-up.
  4. leofenderbender

    leofenderbender Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2004
    I use them both – the Blue Dog Ceramic is my favorite speaker especially with Fender amps. I own it in the 12” and the 15” formats – they are still in service. I still have an AlNiCo 12 but rarely use it.

    The ceramic has more punch, a rounder sound, higher headroom, tighter bass, more crunch, smoother breakup, woodier with some chime & clear highs. Overall faster response - the sound jumps out even at high volume.

    The AlNiCo has sweeter highs, juicier, some jangle, but the bass tends to be flubby when driven hard – won’t be an issue if you play clean most of the time. Noticeable compression at high volume.
  5. cratz2

    cratz2 Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Indy, IN
    I've never had an Alnico Blue Dog, but I have a Celestion Alnico Blue and a Ceramic Blue Dog. The Celestion is in a Vox AC15H1TV and the Blue Dog is in a 5E3 clone. I've mixed and matched the speakers in these amps, and in comparing the the H1TV to a standard AC15CC.

    The ceramic Blue Dog has more bottom end... no doubt. No comparison. The ceramic Blue Dog is warmer sounding, the Celestion is more forward and just has scads and scads of that Vox 'chime'.

    For my money, I'd go for the Weber.

    That's my only contribution. Can't compare the Weber Alnico to the Weber ceramic.

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