Who is correct? Bassman speakers

Regarding the blue frame alnico Eminence that was standard in the BM RI-  I
think it is a excellent harmonica speaker and agree that careful comparison
listening would be warranted before switching.  Be aware that all Eminence
alnico 10's are not the same.  I bought a quad of New Sensor labeled
Eminence speakers that looked absolutely identical to the blue frame BM RI
speakers except for black paint.  The New Sensor speakers were intollerably
bright and prone to cone cry.  I nearly sold the amp, a Super Reverb, before
discovering it was the speakers.

Jim R.

Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2003 20:51:03 EST
From: Markburness@xxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Who is correct? Bassman speakers

I may be missing something, if so ignore me, but isn't the custom shop amp a
2x12? Aren't Celestion Vintage 30's (actually now rated @ 60W) 12" speakers?

Having heard several 4x10 Fenders, vintage and otherwise, fitted with
Kendrick 10"s, original P10Q's, Eminence AlNiCo's and re-issue P10R's lately
I would say that all have their merits. 4x original P10's are going to cost
you major bucks ($700 min, if you are very lucky) plus reconing. Of what's
left, the re-issue P10R's have more of that musical, chimey, brassy tone
you hear on old recordings but ultimately, maybe not as "big" sounding as
others. The Kendricks (ceramic) are smoother with better bass response and
the warmth of old Jensens but they don't sound like AlNiCos. The Eminence
also have good bass response and are perhaps a little fuller sounding than
the re-issue Jensens but drier, crunchier (some might say fatter, some might
say harsher?). If I had a Bassman with the Eminence fitted I would be
reluctant to change them without A/Bing them against the other options and
being very sure of the sound I wanted.

I'm not sure that I'm personally a big fan of the slightly mechanical sound
associated with new Jensen P's/AlNiCos. I would certainly be tempted to
mix 2 of one and 2 of another to try and get the best of both worlds.

This is rather subjective territory and I've heard all of the above sound

Regards, Mark.

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