convert origin 50h into a combo?

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  1. paul hancher

    paul hancher Well-Known Member

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    was wondering the following:

    1) are there any issues or concerns to converting an origin 50 head into a combo? ( i can’t think of any)

    2) besides an origin 50 combo shell are there any builders making a combo shell that a origin 50 head could drop into without mods?

    i would like to stay with a 12” speaker, though a 15” would be interesting. would consider a 10”.

    thanks in advance!
     
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    :shrug:
     
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  3. Melodyman

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    Well one thing comes to mind..........As a combo your tube life will diminish considerably quicker..
     
  4. MarshallDog

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    It will work fine, its the same amp that comes in the combo.

    I would simply have Sourmash or Mojotone build you a 1X12 cab. I have gotten 1X12 cabs from them both and they are great. I wouldn't worry about getting a copy of the Origin combo cab, just pick one they make as a standard. You will need to call them to give them your chassis mounting area dimensions to ensure the chassis fits as it should.
     
  5. paul hancher

    paul hancher Well-Known Member

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    thanks for all the replies so far. looks like there are not too many concerns besides tube longevity.

    the other idea i had was to mount the origin 50 head shell directly to a 1 12” cab. might need to use some oversized screws to handle the weight.
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    If you want a combo dont worry about tube life! You will get board of them before they die, the life difference is zilch, put tube dampeners on them and move on! Dont over think it, combos have been around for ever!!
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Really? Sell it and buy a combo. :shrug:
     
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    Start the reactor... Free Mars!
    You would.
    You need to talk to Jon about this.
     
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  9. Biff Maloy

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    Of your ideas, this is your best option. Just loose the thought of hard mounting with screws. Just use the rubber feet. It is heavy enough that if wind knocks it off the cabinet you probably should abandon it and run for cover.
     
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    I have the Origin 50C combo.

    if you convert your head to a combo, don’t try to get a cabinet like the 50C. I think you can do much better both in dimensions and speaker. I’m not thrilled with the tone of the 50C unless I plug it into an external cabinet. I’d go with a more classic, proven design.
     
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  11. paul hancher

    paul hancher Well-Known Member

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    really? sell the head (at a loss), then spend another $500-$600 to buy a used combo ( more if new) and only have a combo

    or

    spend $300-400 on a combo shell (already have a speaker) and have the option of running the chassis in head or combo form depending on my whim of the Moment?

    which seems like a better plan to you? please note i am a poor musician not a lawyer or dentist. no custom shop or prs around here.
     
  12. paul hancher

    paul hancher Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the input. it is what i was thinking as well, unless i could get a stinkin’ deal on a marshall combo shell. i got a birch 1x12 cab from a guy off ebay that i am really happy with and will probably contact him for options.
     
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    Sell the head at a loss...
     
  14. Georgiatec

    Georgiatec Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Looking for something I don't remember what.
    Why would you not just buy a cab and plonk your head on top of it?
    :scratch: :shrug:
     
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    Maybe see if you can find someone who has the combo and wants a head. Or check MojoTone or some other builder and see if they have a cabinet that will fit the chassis or build one that can. Isn't there a 1x12 cabinet for a Bluesbreaker amp kit out there somewhere? Might work. You'd have to drill some holes in the chassis and install some captive nuts to attach it...
     
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  16. paul hancher

    paul hancher Well-Known Member

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    already have cabs, looking for a little more portability. what you think i just have a head sitting in a corner? get a clue.
     
  17. Georgiatec

    Georgiatec Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Looking for something I don't remember what.
    Well, you could have been using the DI line out, or a cab at your rehearsal room....no need to get shirty.
    Myself....I would just buy a 20w combo at least it will have some retained value. A purpose built cab will have no value except to yourself.
    Then you have all the hassle of swapping the chassis from head shell to cab "on a whim".
     
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  18. paul hancher

    paul hancher Well-Known Member

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    i apologize if i came off a little rude. didn’t mean to. yet you have 2 posts in this thread and have not contributed any useful info to my original post. i am not asking for options or alternatives to my original post yet that is all you offer. just looking for any potential issues to using a chassis in both head and combo format.
     
  19. Georgiatec

    Georgiatec Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Looking for something I don't remember what.
    All I'm saying is consider your options and don't waste your money....or bugger up two pieces of equipment you already own.
    If you are thinking of dropping a few hundred on a piece of kit and, as you say, don't have loads of money available, make your purchase cost effective, while giving yourself options transport wise. Plus, a smaller combo would give you a great back up amp, should the 50w fail.
    Used Origin 20c 's are cheap as chips.
     
  20. Georgiatec

    Georgiatec Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Looking for something I don't remember what.
    So I have this;

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    and this.....options. :cool:

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