Weber Cali 15" or...?

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  1. JDW3

    JDW3 Member

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    I replaced the 15 in my Traynor Bassmate with a Weber Cali 15. Same ohm load. The Cali sounds sweet at low volumes, but mushes out when pushed. I was under the impression the Cali was a heavier spk.

    I tried the amp through a different cab with Greenbacks and it was tight all the way up.

    Whats a 15" type that will hold up to high volumes? Nobody really uses them.
     
  2. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    The Emi Big Ben is top of the line for me on the 15" side. It's louder than the Cali (which BTW is another longtime favorite, love it right now in a Vicky 35115), gets a throaty kind of drive when really loud. Excellent tone from the Big Ben.
     
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    How does the Big Ben compare to the Cali tonally?
     
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    JD:

    The Big Ben has more definition. Not by much, just a bit, but it's noticeable. The BB is louder. Both have excellent bass definition. The BB holds together longer when pushed. The Cali has this rep as a JBL type, ultra clean and loud. Never struck me that way. It's warm, just right warm, with a soft edge as it overdrives. Vintage sounding somehow, but not exactly like anything made back then. The Big Ben gets tagged as a "british" sounding speaker, whatever that means. To me, it doesn't mean much. No soft edge. Not harsh, not like that, but tighter. When the Cali was in my Sewell Wampus Cat, the amp would kinda moan and howl high up ... too cool for words really. Now with the Big Ben, it sings a little clearer high up, with a ragged edge and dense compression when it's breaking up. Both are excellent speakers, as is the Legend 151, which sounds in some ways the same as the Big Ben.
     
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    Another superb sounding combination is a Vicky 35115T Tweed Pro with a Weber 15A150 (P-15N). Tight bottom, great mids, and very sweet top end. Just the right power level. Not sure how it would sound in the Traynor though?


    Tom
     
  6. sabby

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    EVM-15L: Heavy as Hell. Sounds like Heaven.
     
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    There is an Emi Legend 15 model made. I've never heard it but the
    Legend 12s are great speakers and used in tons of boutique quality cabs. you can get one new for about 100 bucks.
     
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    You can find JBL D130's (alnico) and E130's (ceramic) on fleabay. why not get the best????
     
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    The best is a matter of taste. Not knocking JBL, but -- especially for tweed stuff -- my taste lies elsewhere.
     

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