#1
So i was just offered an AC30CC1 for my DRRI. Thats very tempting, but i'm not sure if i should go for it or not, but i just got the DRRI and everything.

I've only had the chance to play an AC15 which i liked a lot, and i know the AC30 is supposedly better than the 15.

Think i should go for it? i'd be playing mostly SRV/Mayer type stuff, which i'm aware the Fender would do better but i like the headroom of the 30, the DRRI breaks up too fast for me.
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#2
oh wow, that's a toughie. if you can, let the person know that you just got the drri and not sure whether or not it suits you better than the ac30 would.

that'd buy you some contemplating time.
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Two totally tubular tube amplifiers. There's not really a quality difference at all there, so I think you should just find a way to get them side by side in a private room so you can turn them up. 30 watts to 22 watts really wont make that much difference.
#4
I own both amps. That's really the way to go.

On the Fender, I really prefer the reverb and tremolo effects. They're simply better. The reverb is bottomless, and the tremolo is truly organic. That's an area where they skimped a little on the Vox to keep the cost down. The Fender cleans, of course, are also amazing.

However, I like the voice of the Vox a lot better, especially the crunch on the thing. And it's a powerful amp. Much louder than any amp supposedly it's size, and louder than amps 40-50W or more. That could be a plus or a minus. It's great for gigging, but it's tough to tame at home. I have the master on mine around where "1" might be, and it's still really loud.

The AC30 is a lot better than the AC15, too.

You're looking at a fair trade. One that may tilt in your favor a little bit. But I can't tell you which one to go for any more than I could decide between them myself. I love them both.
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Two totally tubular tube amplifiers. There's not really a quality difference at all there, so I think you should just find a way to get them side by side in a private room so you can turn them up. 30 watts to 22 watts really wont make that much difference.


But the AC30 is a very loud 30 watts.
#6
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30 watts to 22 watts really wont make that much difference.


It's actually a huge difference. The Vox is an extremely loud 30W, while the DRRI isn't as loud as my son's Palomino V16.
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#7
Play them both, but IMO the AC30 is twice the amp a DRRI is.
It is way louder as well, like slats says.
#8
AC30 is my vote

It is a tough call though. I have always loved the AC30s but the DRRI is a helluva amp.
In your case I think you wouldn't be going wrong either way. If the AC30 is worth more than what you paid for the DRRI then do it!
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#9
This is so tempting. Theres also a chance of a Lovepedal Eternity Roadhouse in the deal.

The speaker is a Weber Blue and it comes with a quad of NOS Sylvania el84's.

Any other opinions, my birthday is this Saturday so i'm gonna head up to guitar center and try the AC30 out.
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#12
What's the speaker? A Weber Blue Dog? Ceramic or Alnico? That alnico one might be a nice upgrade. Not sure about the ceramic. The stock speaker in the CC1 really ain't too bad.
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^ The stock speaker in the CC1 is a neodog right? Read that somewhere...
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So, i missed it.

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^ The stock speaker in the CC1 is a neodog right? Read that somewhere...


Yeah. I like it, but I've considered swapping it out for a Tone Tubby or an Eminence Red Fang.

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That was fast! Too bad and all, but at least you're not stuck with a crappy amp or anything.
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#16
The AC30 is so loud because of its efficient speakers, it doesn't have some sort of magical trait that so many seem to think it has.

Stick the speakers in any other 30w amp, and there won't be much of a volume difference anymore.
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Stick the speakers in any other 30w amp, and there won't be much of a volume difference anymore.


Hmmmm....

IMHO, the AC30 is very conservatively rated. I plug it and my Peavey Classic 30 into the same speaker cab, and there's a noticable difference in volume between the two amps.

That's my experience, anyway.
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Hmmmm....

IMHO, the AC30 is very conservatively rated. I plug it and my Peavey Classic 30 into the same speaker cab, and there's a noticable difference in volume between the two amps.

That's my experience, anyway.


I'm not sure how much difference 3 watts (could be more) will make, but I do know that when you compare a AC30 with two alnico blues in it with (for example) a classic 30 with its stock speaker, you'll hear a big volume difference, which will be (mostly) due to the speakers.
#19
But all hope is not lost!

i was just offered a AC30CCH for the DRRI. How are these? i wouldnt mind buying a cab off Avatar or even saving up for the Vox cab if its worth it.
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it doesn't have some sort of magical trait that so many seem to think it has.



oh, but it does indeed
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i was just offered a AC30CCH for the DRRI. How are these? i wouldnt mind buying a cab off Avatar or even saving up for the Vox cab if its worth it.


It's great. Same amp again. It's actually what I was hoping to find when I stumbled upon my CC1. You could buy a decent Avatar 1x12 to get it up and running, and start saving for the better cab immediately.

The Vox cab is great, my Tone Tubby is outstanding, too. That's what the guitarist in REM plays, an AC30 head thru a Tone Tubby cab. Nice.
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It's great. Same amp again. It's actually what I was hoping to find when I stumbled upon my CC1. You could buy a decent Avatar 1x12 to get it up and running, and start saving for the better cab immediately.

The Vox cab is great, my Tone Tubby is outstanding, too. That's what the guitarist in REM plays, an AC30 head thru a Tone Tubby cab. Nice.


Thanks for the advice, he's still interested, so i'm assuming its a go if he says definitely yes.



As for an Avatar cab, what speaker would be best?

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#23
I'm not familiar with the Hellatones, but I'd probably go with the Greenbacks.

edit: I was thinking pair of speakers, the Greenback's only 25W. Probably good enough, but why take a chance. The Hellatones actually get excellent reviews. Apparently they're relabeled Celestion G12H30's. Probably worth a go.
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#24
Thats what i'm probably going to do. I'm just nervous about all those horror stories i keep reading about them.
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#25
Just a quick bump to say theres a 98% chance of this happening, any reasons to not go for it?

this will be used as a clean blues amp.
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#26
^ re-read post #4 in this thread. I love both amps, and have nothing more to really add to that.

I definitely think the AC30 is the better gigging amp, but it's not like the DRRI doesn't have a lot going for it. It's a tough call. Play your amp again before you go, and play the AC30 before you go thru with it.
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#27
I'd go for the AC30 all the way.
But I have 3 Vox amps (AD30VT, AD50VT, AC30CCH), so I'm a bit biased

But as someone else said, try both amps side by side. Take your time, try numerous setting etc.

As for speakers, I have Celestion G12K-85. Got 3 for them (I built 2 cabs for them, 1x12 and a 2x12) for $40 from craigslist, couldn't pass that up, Wanna get the Alnico Blues SOMEDAY though
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#28
DO IT NAO. But seriously, put the AC30 through 2 alnico speakers. Pure bliss.
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#29
haha, this thread is really old, i traded my DRRI long ago.
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#31
Ancient thread. Why was it bumped?

Didn't you trade your DRRI along with some cash for the Metro JTM you have?
I don't recall 100% though.
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Ancient thread. Why was it bumped?

Didn't you trade your DRRI along with some cash for the Metro JTM you have?
I don't recall 100% though.



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For a second there I was wondering how igotabcrich32 was offered the same trade.
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#34
Lol, don't I feel stupid. I didn't even think to look at the time stamps. Yeah, and I was gonna say, didn't you get rid of your DRRI for that Metroamp JTM45...
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#35
yeah, i traded the DRRI for the 45, fantastic amp.
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#36
If I were I wouldnt have taken the Vox. Your playing SRV and Mayer, tones that are american voiced... dont think the brit soundin vox would do that as well.

BUT IF I WERE ME! I would have snagged that like a fat kid on a cupcake. and than proceed to sit around all day trying to tweak it to sound like brian may.