#1
So I've decided it's high time to get a decent tube amp, and the Vox AC30 is what I think I'm gonna go for. The only question is: Which speaker/model? There's the new AC30C2 with the Greenbacks, the AC30C2X with the Alnico Blues and the old AC30CC2 with the Wharfedales. I've had a look around on YouTube, and can't really find any decent demos....

My rig is a Fender 40th Ann. US Strat -> Boss Tuner -> Vox V847 Wah -> Ibanez TS808 Reissue -> G2D Custom Overdrive -> Hot Cake -> Rocktron Tremolo -> Boss PH3 Phaser -> Bos DD3 Digital Delay -> TC Electronic Nova Delay -> Amp. I own a solid state Fender Princeton Chorus DSP, at church I play through a homemade Fender Super Reverb clone that belongs to someone else and I can't gig with unfortunately.

Musically, I play a lot of worship/praise music (Hillsong United, etc.) as well as a lot of alt. rock (Incubus, Radiohead, U2 (I know, not really alt. rock)) and classic rock/blues (Pink Floyd, Clapton, Led Zep, etc.) so I play really a wide range of "rock-centred" music.

Due to my rig above, I'm probably looking to use pedals for overdrive/dist. as I believe it's not possible to footswitch between the Top Boost and Normal channels...

So: which speaker will best go with my rig/the wide range of music I play/have the best sustain/the best clean/the best dirty/etc? Any tips? Wharfedales, Blues, Greenbacks?
#3
you can use both channels with an a/b switch. if you are going to use the delay i would only use it through the clean with overdrive from the pedals.
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#4
For the price the Chinese-built PCB-wired AC30s cost new over In New Zealand ($2200ish!) you could order a custom point-to-point handwired clone with alnico Blues, like the Valvetech Hayseed 30 or Ceriatone Matchless/Trainwreck clone.

The Hayseed works out to around $2075 NZD, obviously you've got to then factor in shipping, but it's still a hell of a lot more amp for similar money.
Your best bet if money is an issue is to find a local amp builder or a used Vox.

Also, you can footswitch between the channels just fine with an A/B switch - Vox's own footswitch for it controls the verb and trem, but not the channels.
#6
Quote by kyle62
The Hayseed works out to around $2075 NZD, obviously you've got to then factor in shipping, but it's still a hell of a lot more amp for similar money.
Your best bet if money is an issue is to find a local amp builder or a used Vox.


Yeah, I'm definitely looking more toward a used Vox. I have really no qualms about used gear (most of my gear was bought used), and you can find an AC30CC2 for around $1000 on Trademe (NZ's eBay) / AC30CC2X for $1800. And postage would be pretty damn expensive for the Valvetech overseas I'm thinking? Sounds like a great amp though....

From what you and John recommended though, it seems like you're leaning more towards the Alnico Blue speakers?
#7
I'm trying to refrain from making New Zealand jokes from Flight of the Conchords

Anyway, the Alnico Blues I believe are the most sought after, never played them myself but there's a reason they cost a decent amount more.

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#8
I got my AC30C2 for $1900NZ, not too sure if they still have them but at the shop I got it they were looking to flog off the older CC's for really cheap.

That's in Auckland