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Scott Brunelle
05/04/2020 3:58pm

Hey folks! Got a 40w california tweed Head and 2 1x12 cabs, vintage rola celestion G12-65 and G12-80 in them respectively. I like the 65 but the low mid of the 80 isn't my thing, might be darker overall as well. I've been thinking about switching the 80 out for something here - retro 30, g12a, blackhawk...things that I'm considering are - I play with high presence, love sparkle, great cleans important. I want something that won't overpower the 65 but compliment it. Mesa loads the combos with the Jensen blackbird which is a 100w alnico and I loved the feel of it when I played a combo in store. I feel that response is missing with my head and the vintage ceramics. Would any of the Wgs alnico work well in conjunction or should I just start fresh and do retro 30/ et65 etc...also I spread out the 1x12 cabs so volume similarity is important for a symmetrical image. I was playing the vintage celestions in a 2x12 opposite a mesa express combo previously and the 90w black shadows overpowered the rolas...the g12 65 is warm and great sounding with no harshness so I would like to keep it but if it isnt going to work out in terms of balance I'd be willing to just do 2 new speakers. Any thoughts?

VAUGHN SKOW
05/05/2020 11:35pm

Okay ... totally hear ya!!! so, if it were me, I'd keep the 65 and add a Blackhawk HP, which is flat-out my #1 favorite current production speaker today and is what I use almost exclusively in my own Vaughn Skow 1x12 combos (www.VaughnSkow.com). Soooo sweet! Tight, firm, yet generous bottom, beautiful vocal mids, and the sweetest top end ... perfect. It should play well with the old G12-65. too :-)

Scott Brunelle
05/06/2020 8:52am

Thanks man! That's exactly what I wanted to hear. Will order asap and let you know!