With the Retro 10, we set out to build something with all the qualities we enjoy about our Retro 30 in a 10” speaker. It’s got a tight bottom, an articulate top end, and a nice low-midrange growl. It can be thought of as a distant cousin of the Green Beret 10, but with more low end, slightly more top end, and a shift in midrange characteristics.
I just bought one of these and put it in my Champ II and wow. What a great speaker for this amp! Plus at 100 decibels sensitivity it should be able to hang in there with 12" speakers. I'm excited to take this little Champ to my next gig.
Love it for my fiesty little metal beast!
Review of Love it for my fiesty little metal beast! on 10" Retro 10 - 60 watts
Threw it in my Orange Rocker 15 combo and it really helped give me everything I felt the stock speaker just wasn't for heavier music. I loooove shredding out extreme metal riffs and this really made things sound and feel heavier. Figuratively and literally, it's noticeably heavier lol I was on the verge of selling the thing amp but this prevented me from doing so. While I love using Tubescreamers and such as boosts, with this and just the general nature of that amp, this really helped it be even more of a "plug'n'play". Anything else for me, it's just personal preference.
It also really made the Natural Channel thrive excellently for being even better some of my Preamp type pedals (SNK VHD). Honestly compareble to my Ampeg VH140c Combo (Celestion model, not the later version) and tbh, I kinda like it more like this lol. Couldn't have landed where I'm at without this little piece.
Want to Thrash? Ya got it. Want to get some nasty old school DM but with some sweetness? Ya got it. Want to get some wide range of= gnarly Death Metal tones? Ya got it. Want to Doom? You got it, and this is what took me there.
I'd argue that altogether, 10"s are probably more underrated for heavier music than I think us metalheads tend to suspect. Sounds sick miked up as well.
I could gush forever, but if you know anything about the Vintage 30 family of speakers (and I've got enough lol) and you're in the 10" world, just get this and stop lookin!