Everything posted by bykboi
If you're not dead set on having a speaker INSIDE the cab you can build your own external one quite easily with limited tools and talent. Like cooking with recipes, if you can read and use the proper tools, you can make almost anything. This guy has a neat take on a dual 12 cab but you can mod it to be whatever you'd like it to be. . . and to house your favorite little speaker or a bigger one. Video #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRKeIF5jWD4. If you aren't interested in the woodworking, craftsmanship and DIY aspects of speaker building, you can mount your most loved speaker in a thick walled (lo-resonance) styro cooler with hot glue (the spkr could go on the lid so it's easy to handle before it's in the box), wire the speaker (observe polarity), poke the wire thru a hole somewhere on the box (hot glue around the hole to stop leaks), install a plug onto the cable coming from the box, maybe hot glue foam rubber (old mattress pads are great for this but ??)or household wall insulation onto 3 of the 4 inner walls, secure the top (Hot glue is pretty permanent, looks good- maybe duct tape - ugly & maybe temporary but effective?), plug it in an let it rip. If you pick a speaker that's efficient enough, you could try a 10 or 12-inch driver instead of the 8. Also, depending on what kind of sounds you like, a woofer and tweeter could be fun too, instead of a wide range speaker. I'm not so sure, unless you load the poo out of it somehow, that an 8-ohm won't work with the tube amp. It should be pretty tolerant of most material as long as you don't overdo it. Also try a look at: http://smyck.net/2013/01/09/how-to-build-a-guitar-speaker-cabinet/ This LOOKS okay: http://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Cabinets-Musical-Instrument-Applications/dp/0969860870#customerReviews Maybe a 12-inch (for 29 bux!): http://www.amazon.com/Celestion-Rocket-Guitar-Speaker-Ohm/dp/B001JJ8RMO I'll bet you're surprised if you build one. I also hope it's fun, rewarding and makes you proud upon completion.
I've been using an Electar Tube 10 for blues harp for about 8 months and really like it. I added a little gain/distortion pedal that a pal gave me and it comes across really great. Recently bought a Century replica amp and I really like that. The little overdrive footswitch and 3 input levels is a nice touch for harmonica too. BTW, yours looks to be in super clean condition . . nice! I'm going to try it with a different speaker I'll build myself - to compare it with the inside one. Should be fun and maybe it'll sound good. Enjoying it all. Hope you do too.
Joe- I use mine for harmonica. Just picked it up and took it on its maiden voyage last night at a blues meetup. Not only did my pals like it, I did too. The startup was a little rocky with a bit more hum than I expected from a modern amp, tubes or not, but it went away once it started cooking and then it gave me everything I needed. With volume at 3-4 and the (boost) footswitch off I could nicely fill with rhythm backup until solo time. Hit the switch and POW! It just flew like a free bird! Totally satisfying for my purposes in small group settings and even tho' it loses a bit of punch in the 'bass' end, the tone control has a nice bright high end setting. Plenty of power, plenty of interesting sound-making features and fun to play thru. My next try will be to mic my Electar 10 thru this amp and see how I sound in that combination. Too much fun. Meanwhile, you're right about the workmanship. I've done a little woodwork in my life and consider myself a better finisher than carpenter. This amp does look great from a few feet away but up close, right outa the box I noticed finish flaws and was quite put off ny the poor fitting of the front and rear panels to the sides as shown on your photos. My grill fabric is nice though; no flaws in that. The manual left more than a little to be desired. Gibson or Epi should have been more careful to proofread it to make it look like an American product. Misstatements in context, conflicting statements about the warranty, missing informatiojn regarding bias adjustment. Really too bad they printed a manual that detracts from the nature of the amps visual and overall quality which is slightly flawed to begin with. I really hoped the demo at my local merchant (it had the same issues) was an anomaly and mine would be more perfectly fitted together but . . . Nonetheless, great amp for the money and a real looker. And it works well for blues harp. Enjoy it; I do!