What is the best speaker for a 1964 BF Vibroverb amp? Please help!

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  1. tejastubes

    tejastubes Member

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    I am having a 1964 Vibroverb built f(point to point hand wired MM trannys the whole enchilada) but I can not decide on what 15" speaker to use.

    EV?
    JBL?
    Eminence legend?
    Others?

    Please help!

    Joshua
     
  2. Roe

    Roe Member

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    which sound are you shooting for?
     
  3. tejastubes

    tejastubes Member

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    fullerton 1964
     
  4. slider313

    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    The stock speaker,without the special order status,was a ceramic Oxford.
    The JBL D130F would be my choice.
     
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    I have the original 15" JBL in my Vibroverb. Beautiful speaker.
     
  6. Kurzman

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    I put a Weber Neo Mag in a 1962 Showman cab. It's his replacement for the JBL D 130F that was supposed to be in my Showman (and also came in the Vibroverb, I think). It sounds great and the weight savings are helpful.
    Something to consider.
     
  7. NTBluesGuitar

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    Weber Cali 15", paper dome.

    It's what I'm putting in my BFVV build:

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    But I'm using Allen iron in mine.
     
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    I'd go with the JBL too. I've actually got a spare if you want one, and I'd let it go pretty cheap just to get it off the shelf, as the shelf was not designed to carry the weight of two heavy 15" speakers that I'm not using. One of these days I swear I'm going to hear a noise in the closet and go in to find speakers all over the floor.
     
  9. coolhand78

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    weber Neomag in mine, great speaker... EV SRO is also a good choice for a more SRV thing...
     
  10. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a VibroClone that I built. I went with a JBL D130F that I had re-coned with a paper dustcap by Uncle Spot in Modesto, Ca.

    He recommended the paper dustcap, and he was right on.

    I also tried a vintage 1966 Jensen C15N which had some real nice growl to it when pushed, but I like the way the JBL holds together much better.

    One sidenote, I too have MM trannies...except for the output tranny. I am using an OT from David Allen (Heyboer) which is considerably larger than the MM Vibroverb tranny. This gives the amp more headroom and "balls"

    With a bigger OT, you must take into consideration the location of both the OT and speaker. It's a tight fit.

    Here's a pic of the OT in relation to the speaker,

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  11. NTBluesGuitar

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    That looks like the TO60, no? I have the TO35 which is a tad smaller. But, all good information about speaker placement.
     
  12. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    TO60 sounds correct
     
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    i too had to rotate the OT to accomodate the new speaker...
     
  14. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    Note that I had my speaker baffles made with an offset speaker. A good idea if you're going with big iron and a cast frame speaker.

    Here's a pic with the JBL in it's stock form, with aluminum dustcap

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  15. strumminsix

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    Actually, stock they came with:
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    JBL D-130, Jensen C15N, or CTS 15" ceramic

    I've got a 64 VV and it has the Jensen in it and it sounds wonderful!
    Also I've got a 1x15 open-back cab that I have loaded with a Weber 15" NeoMag.

    Those 2 speakers are incredibly unique and different - and don't play well together.

    The NeoMag is HUGE, broad, tons of headroom, responsive and tight!
    The Jensen is more focused, less headroom, notes bloom, alot of flavor!

    I love BIG cleans and my favorite rig is my 68 Dual Showman Reverb with
    a 2x12 I have loaded with Weber's NeoMag but I feel the Jensen is a perfect
    match with my VV.
     
  16. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    That's good description of the C15N, and If anyone's Vibroclone is using a factory-sized output tranny, I would highly recommend the Jensen (or Weber F150).

    Another observation was that the C15N ran unusually hot in mt 'clone. The magnet structure would heat up quite a bit.

    In the words of Scotty, "cap'n, she's gonna blow!"
     

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