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Is the Excelsior too loud for small gig?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by BigWillyInd, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. BigWillyInd

    BigWillyInd Tele-Afflicted

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    Sep 6, 2012
    Interlochen, MI
    I've been thinking for a while that I ought to have an amp that is smaller (i.e. less loud) than my DRRI. I've always wanted an Excelsior but I'm concerned about the 15 inch speaker not being any more quiet than my Deluxe on 3 or 4.
    What do you think TDPRI?
     
  2. Axis29

    Axis29 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 2, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    The Excelsior doesn't jump up in volume the same way a DRRI does. The Excelsior really eases into it nicely. Also, the stock speaker in the non Pro version is not very efficient, so volume is very manageable.

    If you are running your deluxe on 3 or 4, it's still pretty clean, right? That being the case, the Excelsior can do a nice, warm clean at lower volumes...

    I just picked up a used Excelsior. This is the second time I've owned one. I regretted selling the last one, but did it as a favor to a friend. This one's not going anywhere any time soon. But, I haven't gigged it yet. I have played it next to my Tweed Deluxe (which does the same quick volume ump thing as a DR). It is similar in volume at pushed levels, but breaks up more. It is easier to play at lower volumes, however. I will say, I work my guitar's volume a lot. With my Strat and Gretsch, I was running the guitar volumes pretty low and was still super happy with my tone.
     
  3. BlueCollarBoy

    BlueCollarBoy TDPRI Member

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    Tube amps are more about breakup than volume. Not gonna be much difference in volume, it's just gonna distort at lower volume. I like smaller amps becasue you can really get the tubes hot at lower volumes. Use my guitar volume to clean up
     
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  5. BigWillyInd

    BigWillyInd Tele-Afflicted

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    Thanks, that's what I was hoping for. I like my clean Deluxe sound, but being able to get the break up without being too loud would be great.
     
  6. BigWillyInd

    BigWillyInd Tele-Afflicted

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    That's probably what I should've said in my post.
     
  7. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo Tele-Meister

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    Apr 8, 2014
    Portland, ME
    As stated above beware of the pro model/Eminence 1518 if you are trying to keep the volume tame. That speaker is about 105 DB rated which is perfect for testing the security of surrounding drywall! Kidding aside it's a good sounding speaker but it's as loud as my 35 watt 68 CVR with two tens. I prefer playing it through an external cab with a medium efficiency 12", a smooth cone of you want something closer to the tone of a 15".
     
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  8. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 19, 2015
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    +1
     
  9. BigWillyInd

    BigWillyInd Tele-Afflicted

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    Yeah, I wasn't too interested in the Pro model, and now I know why. I guess it wasn't just the bad paint job. :p
     
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