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Post by 9am53 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:02 am

Ive got a cheap 4x12 and thinnkking I'm going to downsize myself...I'm not going to be rocking the Budokan anytime soon...I may just end up building a solid 2x12 and loading it with some decent speakers.
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Post by Heinz » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:49 am

I just picked up the H&K Tubemeister 18. I am liking it so far. Four hundred something bucks new, all tube, can go down to 1W, you can XLR right into your recording rig... Mercury Magnetic makes a drop-in output transformer upgrade too. In case the stocker craps out, I guess.

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Post by 9am53 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:56 pm

I played around with that one as well. It had a lot of nice features and the gain went up pretty high but I found the sound a bit trebly for me
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Post by Pcruis1 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:13 pm

9am53 wrote:i have the RD5H, 5 watts...hence the tube mixup
What cab are you running into? I'm struggling to find a 1x12 or 2x12 that is 8 ohm.
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Post by _xxx_ » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:33 am

RD5 will work fine with 16 Ohm as well. Max. volume will be a bit lower, other than that no probs.

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Post by 9am53 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:59 am

I think its 8 ohm minimum on mine.

My cab is a hartke gh412a or something like that...4 ohm and 16 ohm mono and 8 ohm stereo.
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Post by _xxx_ » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:29 am

Yep, minimum meaning that you can use higher values, just not lower.

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Post by Pcruis1 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:04 pm

_xxx_ wrote:Yep, minimum meaning that you can use higher values, just not lower.
I am an idiot. Noticed that on the back of the amp last night. I picked up an old used tweed Peavey 212 cab this afternoon. It sounded better than the orange 212s I tried out. Eventually I'm going to get a matching Randall 212 with Randall speakers, but this old Peavey will do the trick for a while.
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Post by Pcruis1 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:33 pm

I'm a novice on cabs and heads, so I'm hoping to get some input. I recently picked up a 15 watt orange head. I have a 2x12 with vintage 30s, but I'm not really digging the sound. What would be the ideal cab for a 15 watt head. I know that's a broad question, but that's all I got!
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Post by _xxx_ » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:21 am

The sure way to go is a box with at least 50% higher wattage than the amp, 2x is even better. That way you can be sure that it won't blow up when you turn up the volume all the way and play it for hours on end, being that tube amps can sometimes have output peaks which are over their declared effective wattage.

So to put it short, a 30W box (or higher) will be perfect for that amp.

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