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Yet another 2x10 cabinet question

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David Bliss
03/29/2021 7:35pm

I've been working on a 1960 VOX AC15 clone for a while now. I finally got it done and I had a chance to play it through some 12" speakers - a Reaper, a V30 and a Green Beret. I also have a 2x12 with two Blue clones (one WGS one other brand). I gotta admit, I keep coming back to the Green Beret.

I have an empty 2x10 cabinet. I was about to order 2 Green Beret's but I figured I would ask if I should consider pairing it with another 10" speaker.

As far as tone goes, pretty much everything I play has some hair to it (not hair bands). Think 90's jangly alt rock. Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend album type of sound.

David Bliss
04/13/2021 7:32am

Not a lot of activity on this board lately. I hope everyone is ok.

I've been busy finishing another earlier project. I restore/modify of a Silvertone 1482 combo. New cab for it (replacing the flimsy cardboard cab that smells like musty, smoky basement) and a matching external cab. The reason I bring that up is I have a G12C and an ET65 for that amp. I tried the G12C with the VOX and I really like it. However, I'm not thrilled with the ET65 and the VOX. Actually, I don't care for the ET65 by itself with the Silvertone either. It sounds great when paired with the G12C. Its like it gives the G12C a little more of everything but doesn't necessarily contribute a lot of its own personality.

So this relates to the 2x10 because now I am trying to decide which of the following options I should go with...

Option 1: Green Beret and G10C - Because I like the 12" versions of each speaker with the Vox
Option 2: Green Beret and ET10 - Because the ET65 seems to be recommended as a good "pairing" speaker maybe the ET10 will be too.
Option 3: Two Green Berets - Because I had a 2x12 with a pair of Green Berets that I really liked before.

I wish WGS had a "loaner" program. I would pay money to be able to try out different speakers. But I guess that is called buy one of each and sell the one you don't like.

Narcoleptigon_47048
04/14/2021 3:36pm

Mixing speakers doesn't always sound as expected because the individual cone resonances can cancel if they are not in phase. The ET10 should work with anything because it has the resonance damping cloth dust cover, but the peak is up near the most sensitive 3-3.5kHz hearing range at ~2.8kHz. It might be more piercing than you like at high volumes but would produce a smoother, wider, and slightly lower center peak mixed with the GB 10 (which has a 2.4kHz peak, like the GB 12). That might be great. Silvertones are pretty smooth-sounding amps, no? I'd want a G10C for the high-end extension and midrange character. I don't know how it would mix with the GB 10, but the 2kHz peak should create an even wider 2~2.8kHz peak when mixed with an ET10 than an ET10 & GB 10 combo. Of course, mixing with a G10C/S is always a good option for a flatter high-end without losing too much 2kHz clarity. I wouldn't chance mixing the G10C & GB10 unless someone knows how that sounds. The G10C/S should mix well with anything as well. AFAIK, that smooth cone doesn't have much resonance to create any phase issues.