Celestion Copperback, anybody tried one?

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  1. D_Malone

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    The Celestion Neo250 Copperback is fairly new and I can't find any reviews.

    I've used EVM12Ls for years. I'm not looking for a sound-alike, just something lightweight with clean clarity. On paper the Copperback looks like it would work for me.
     
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    I think folks are still hesitant about anything neo still.

    Intrigues me.
     
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    Understandable.
    I'm gonna get one soon. I'll report back.
     
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    My Copperback arrived yesterday. I installed it in a sealed 1x12 cabinet and tried it with an AC30, AC15, and a Quilter Mach 2 (the amp I plan to pair the Copperback with), at "gig volume" and "bedroom volume".

    I will give a complete review after a couple of rehearsals, but here are my impressions so far:

    Celestion's description is pretty accurate. It colors your sound much like a typical Celestion, but with less "sizzle".

    I've had a few neo speakers and the Copperback has some of the characteristics of the neo speakers I've tried e.g. tight low end, very fast attack, somewhat stiff feel at lower volumes. If those characteristics are a turn-off for you then don't bother with this speaker. I'm enjoying it so far and I do feel it's a good match for the Quilter because that amp is a bit woofy and the Copperback really tightens things up.

    It has great clarity, a little bump in the upper mids, and a pretty sweet high end. Cleans are plenty jangley and it sounds good with distortion.

    It definitely sounds better at higher volumes. Once the cone gets moving a bit the tight low end is really appreciated. At lower volumes it's a bit stiff and a little honky. Some break-in may cure that.

    I think it's going to work well in a band mix. We shall soon see.
     
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    Well after some more time and a couple rehearsals with the Copperback I am not diggin it.
    As with other neo speakers I've tried ear fatigue sets in pretty quickly. It's difficult to put into words. The tone/voice is not bad, it's more to do with the fast attack and feel.
    If you don't like neo speakers the Copperback isn't going to change your mind about them.

    What a bummer.

    I'll be sticking with ridiculously heavy/expensive EVM12Ls for a while, I guess.
     
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