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VOX AC30, more headroom!!!!

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by kevinpires18, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Seriously, don't spend money on another cab with greenbacks!
    They are just about the worst possible choice to solve your problem, even though adding more speakers is a normal response to not being loud enough.

    Regarding the alnico Blues, a second cab would share and handle the power, but you would still be sending half the amps power to the inefficient speakers, so you would probably not sound as loud as just the Blues.
    But a pair of Blues, while standard equipment for an AC30, will blow even without fuzz. They last a while but if an aC30 is cranked regularly they will eventually blow.
    Fuzz will blow speakers rated for more than an amps output because of the shape of the wave it sends the speaker.
    So your combination of running the 30w amp at full volume regularly with a fuzz makes a pair of 15w speakers a poor choice.

    Can you order speakers from online sellers like Musicians Friend etc?
    There are plenty of choices for new efficient speakers with the cutting mids an AC30 wants.

  2. heltershelton

    heltershelton Tele-Meister

    Sep 14, 2016
    not houston
    celestion makes other higher wattage alnicos too. but damn they are expensive.....the gold 50 watters are almost $300 apiece.

  3. clintj

    clintj Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2015
    Could go with a pair of Weber Alnico Blue Dog, 30 or 50W, as an option. Other makers build similar speakers to the Blue in higher power versions as well.

    There's an option B as well. Get a plexiglass partition to put around the drum set for rehearsal. Let him pound to his heart's content, and help save your hearing a little. They start at about 140 or so.
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  5. Il Duce

    Il Duce Tele-Holic

    Nov 11, 2013
    Maybe get in touch with Scumback speakers. I haven't personally dealt with them, but I've heard lots of stellar reviews on their speakers and their being able to find what speakers will work best for a given application.

  6. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    Get a set of Celestion Blue Alnicos, or one of the several excellent copies. If that's not enough, then get a second AC30. :)

  7. Asmith

    Asmith Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Morley, England
    We need a pic of the drummer's skins. :lol: To be honest, I don't think a speaker swap is going to solve this, AC30 + Fuzz vs a 100-watt Hiwatt, it's a push over.

  8. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.

    Everything louder than everything else?

  9. Dacious

    Dacious Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Plexiglass box, I'd pick a concrete bunker. Preferably in another location. An AC30 can't get over a drummer? My god, you guys are like Disaster Area from HHGTTG

    Also - if your amp is on the floor pointing at the back of your calves from a foot away you'll never hear yourself in that environment. You could get a tilt stand to point it at your head but you risk your hearing.

    Greenback Ms are 25w 98db - Greenback Heritages are 30w 101db. Either will kill Wharfdales. Greenbacks are not 'the tone' for an AC30 but they're loud. The H's are a bit more

    A pair of Lead 80s or Type As or even the dreaded.V30s with their upper mid kick would be a noticeable boosr. They're not the Topboost corksniffer's choice but then neither is fuzz. You could look at something like Eminence Redcoats or similar neo speakers, Tonkerlites.

    You can pop any speaker with too much fuzz.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017

  10. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    I hear the name "Bonham" thrown around as if the only thing Bonham could do was play loud. I suspect this guy ain't no John Bonham, and he, along with the 100 watt guy sound like they ain't necessarily assets.
    Sjnoring and stnmtthw like this.

  11. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Lawndale CA
    Your speakers are very inefficient. More speakers and increased efficiency will help, but..

    I agree. That's a bizarrely loud volume level. I hope you wear ear protection, but either get the other guy to turn down, fire him, or quit.

  12. AJBaker

    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

    Oct 3, 2010
    Get two more efficient speakers to replace the ones you have.
    Alnico blue (might explode)
    Alnico gold or cream
    Eminence red fang

    Just take care of your ears at that volume.

  13. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    ...Scumback Scumnico
    WGS Black & Blue Alnico or Blackhawk Alnico
    Weber Blue Dog...

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