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DanL

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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.

Leftee
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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.

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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

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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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Aug 2nd, 2019 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

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

My drive channel's OK but my reverb's a bit buzzy. I understand this is a pretty common issue. Anyone else?

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Aug 3rd, 2019 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

"my reverb's a bit buzzy... Anyone else?"

My C30's reverb is more than buzzy - pretty much feedback. I don't use reverb much, so I haven't done anything about it.

I have a Weber Signature in it, by the way. Sounds good to me.

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Suburban MD.

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Aug 7th, 2019 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

"My C30's reverb is more than buzzy - pretty much feedback."

Same here. I even bought a foam computer keyboard rest and stuck it under the tank to help eliminate vibrations, but it didn't help. Put an old analog delay in my pedal chain to give myself a bit o' slapback.

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El Californio

Aug 7th, 2019 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Check this youtube -- Guy swears by his MOD 3 replacement tank.

Peavey Classic 30 Reverb Upgrade

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Aug 7th, 2019 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ya know, it’s been too many years to remember, but I think I swapped the tank in mine.

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Aug 9th, 2019 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Guy swears by his MOD 3..." Thanks for the tip.

What'd'ya know, reverb tanks are 10% off at Amplified Parts/Antique Electronics until Aug. 13!

This one here...as seen on YouTube!

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El Californio

Aug 9th, 2019 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just FYI - While the dude in the vid above recommends the 3-spring 9EB2C1B the actual recommended replacement MOD tank for the Classic 30 on Amplified Parts is the 2-spring 4EB2C1B. (Not to say either won't work fine.)

4EB2C1B

DanL

Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Aug 9th, 2019 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just thought I'd add that the Weber Blue Dog I run in the C30 is 16 ohms. When I gig with this amp ( not very often these days) I combine it with a 1x12 closed back cab loaded with a 16 ohm V30. So the amp sees 8 ohms. Sounds great that way. Very full sounding. I run dirt boxes thru the clean channel (Barber Gain Changer for low gain, XTS Winford for mid gain, and a JHS @ for high gain). I think the tones you get with this rig would put a smile on any guitarist's face. Fun!

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El Californio

Aug 12th, 2019 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ Isn't it a little hard on the Classic 30 to run it at 8 ohms though?

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VA

Aug 12th, 2019 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

It’s not too bad on those as long as you’re not diming the amp. A mismatch in the other direction can be worse for an amp.

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Sep 1st, 2019 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Also a Weber Blue Dog 50 Watt user here. I did my homework and researched it right here, same as you.

You've come to the right place. Im very happy with it.

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