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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Peavey Classic 30 combo amp - Best Speaker Conclusion

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DanL

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"We're not University material."
Jul 30th, 2019 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

For some reason last week I decided to take out the speaker in my C30 combo just to see what it would sound like with something else in it. I tried:

* Celestion V30 - cleans were ok, overdrive was good but a little harsh

* Eminence CRex - this spkr has been the cure all for a few of my Fender combos but it did not work at all in this amp. Too dark, cleans had no articulation, woofy, drive was muddy and had no clarity. Love the CRex, but not this time.

* Celestion Heritage G12H 55 hz "greenback" from England. Ok this one was close. The overdrive channel loved this speaker! I'd never heard it sound so good. Totally blown away. The clean channel was nice and clear with great articulation, but in the end I just thought it was a little too thin sounding, not full enough.

So I popped my 50 w Weber Ceramic Blue Dog w light dope back in the amp and "there's your dinner!" Overall it's the best All Around sounding speaker I've come across for the C30. The Heritage G12H had a little bit better drive tones, but for BOTH cleans and overdrive...the Blue Dog is tough to beat in this amp.

Just my worthless $.02. I'm NOT touching this speaker again...she's in there for as long as I own this amp. Gotta remember this experience.

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The Escalator
Jul 30th, 2019 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back when I had a C30 I had a G12H installed. It was a great combo.

Leftee
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The Escalator
Jul 30th, 2019 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think my G12H was a 55hz cone too.

Peegoo
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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Jul 30th, 2019 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

The stock speakers in many Peavey amps tend to be lackluster.

Leftee
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The Escalator
Jul 30th, 2019 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

It’s their weakness, IMO. I’ve never left one in a Peavey amp.

IMO, ymmv etc.

stratcowboy
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Jul 30th, 2019 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I concur with much of your review. Back when I had a Classic 30 (great amp!!--wish I still did), I had the stock Blue Marvel (mehhhh), a Celestion Vintage 30 (I agree it was harsh), and then a Weber Blue Dog. The Blue Dog was definitely the speaker for that amp. Sounded fabulous! Great amp/speaker combo.

Leftee
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The Escalator
Jul 30th, 2019 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve never owned a Weber Blue Dog. Apparently I don’t know what I’m missing. (-:

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Jul 30th, 2019 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

My Classic 30 sports a Marshall Heritage G12. It came that way (used) and I wouldn't *touch* it.

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If irritation occurs

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Jul 31st, 2019 02:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Classic 20 1x10 combo and it came with a Celestion Gold.

It sounds great.

Off the used pile at GC.

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Jul 31st, 2019 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm trying to remember what speakers I tried in my C30 years back. I know I tried a Texas Heat, RW&B and a few others, but the Weber Blue Dog definitely hit the sweet spot for me. I can't believe I didn't harvest that speaker before selling the amp :-/



Dolemite

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Jul 31st, 2019 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another Blue Dog fan here.

DanL

Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Jul 31st, 2019 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

A couple of months back I did a similar type of speaker swap test with my DRRI amp (again just out of curiosity). The ceramic Blue Dog was too bright for that amp, and in the end, my Emi CRex went back in the DRRI. My DRRI loves the CRex and my Classic 30 loves the Blue Dog.

I've learned a lot from trying different speakers with different amps.

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The Escalator
Jul 31st, 2019 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

“I've learned a lot from trying different speakers with different amps.”

Same here.

I have to laugh because, across the web these days, you find posts from “experts” saying that swapping speakers with guitar amps is an attempt to make up for what the amp is lacking.

reverend mikey
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Jul 31st, 2019 05:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo wrote: "The stock speakers in many Peavey amps tend to be lackluster."

This is so true. I've owned several Peavey Delta Blues amps - both the 1x15 and the 210. I never changed out a 15" speaker, but I'm sure there were probably some that would've improved it.

The 210 however, really suffered from those Peavey Blue Marvel speakers (nothing "Marvel"ous about them!). It was like having a blanket over the amp! Totally lifeless.

But I put in a set of Reverend All-Tone 1025 speakers (10" and 25w), and the amp sounded so good that I sold a Fender CVR that I'd recently bought! [The All-Tone's are similar to Jensen 10C's but a bit better overall - Jensen's improve these amps in a similar way.]

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 07:11 PM, Jul 31st, 2019)

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Aug 1st, 2019 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yup. Same experience for me. I had a Peavey Delta Blues that was such a great amp (eventually replaced it with my Allen Brown Sugar w/1-15 speaker). My 1-15 version of the Delta Blues improved significantly when I put a Weber California in it. Great amp, great speaker.

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Aug 2nd, 2019 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Since a 16 ohm speaker is stock did you go with 8 ohms instead?


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Aug 2nd, 2019 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo wrote: "The stock speakers in many Peavey amps tend to be lackluster."

Maybe that's why my Classic 20 sounded terrible and boxy. Maybe I should have changed the speaker vice selling it.

stratcowboy
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Aug 2nd, 2019 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Since a 16 ohm speaker is stock did you go with 8 ohms instead?"

In both my Classic 30 and Delta Blues, I replaced the speaker with the same ohm rating.


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Aug 2nd, 2019 04:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine 30 has a Celestion G12H30w which sounds great on the clean channel.

Unfortunately, the drive channel has so much buzz it's unusable. Swapping tubes didn't help.

Twangmeister

Philly/NL, CT

Retired
Aug 2nd, 2019 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Supposedly the ubiquitous Peavey 12" speaker was designed to sound like a well-used Greenback. I felt it had some Celestion sonic qualities but also sounded like it had been left in a dusty unheated shed for a few years.

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