sg4ever
clashof the coconuts
Join date: Jul 2006
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#1
I'm curious. My AC15C1 is doing the job. I'm not expecting Matchless, 65 Amps, Dr. Z, or Divided by 13 quality, but it does the job. I'm curious though. I see UK AC15s all the time for less than the atypical boutique EL84 amp. I know or know of some guys who swear by Vox amps that are made in England and turn their nose up at the Chinese made stuff (disregarding the hand-wired line up). They claim they couldn't bond with the newer Vox amps and never had much success with them. I'm not one to only go by the word of another, but I've never made the comparison myself. I've always enjoyed the tone that I hear from players who use Voxes that are made in England. I could be missing out, I suppose. Could someone tell me if the new line of Voxes are indeed a downgrade from even the 90s Vox amps?
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Join date: Dec 2009
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#2
It really depends. I suspect that most people are talking about the circuit changes in the various ac15/30's that vox has put out more then where the amps were made.

I think the newest ones are pretty good.

The 90s ac15s had a bit of a different circuit then the mid 2000s ones then the changed it again recently to be closer to the originals.
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sg4ever
clashof the coconuts
Join date: Jul 2006
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#3
Well, maybe it's because these newest runs have Greenback speakers in them. I'm probably hearing a lot of the Alnico Blue speakers when I think of the Vox sounds that I've always enjoyed. I get a close approximation when the amp is tweaked and cranked, but the Greenback and solid state rectifier probably make a difference in tone that I'm hearing and that these players are hearing and pointing out. I'm just curious if I should halt the pursuit of a "Matchless" quality amp and seek out one of the UK Vox ACs floating around.
Fender Telecaster
DeArmond M series
Vox Night Train 15 head w/Weber loaded 1x12
Ernie Ball Volume Jr
Joyo Sweet Baby OD
Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET
TC Electronic Nova Delay
Line 6 M5
BlackIce87
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Join date: Dec 2008
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#4
I just took in a AC15H1TV in on trade. It's not my cup of tea, however, it's a fantastic amp. I've played the standard Ac15's in the shop and this thing just slays them. Especially when you have the volume up at about 3 o'clock and you get all the vox chime and grind from the blue. I'd definitely recommend one any day of the week if it fits into your style.
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