Do you recommend vintage cabinet for vintage Marshal?

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  1. guitarman555

    guitarman555 New Member

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    I am thinking about buying vintage PA20, thinking if it has a sence to invest to a cabinet from 70´s, or better go for some much chepare 90´s cabinets? Will be better sound if I buy vintage cabinet? I have only experience with amp and speaker in one box, like fender deluxe, princeton etc., here I have new speakers and vintage amp in one box, and works perfect, so I think it would be more reasonable to buy for Marshall head some newer cabinet with not too old speakers too. Any advice how it works with marshall heads, any opinion appreciated!
     
  2. shakti

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    The short answer is yes, a vintage cab will be better. This is certainly my opinion, and I’m sure many others here will agree. How much better is in the ears (and hands) of the beholder. For certain playing styles I’m sure a modern alternative could be as good or better, but for the vintage style tones that a vintage style amp does best, there is something going on also with the wood and woodwork in the old cabs, and not least the vintage speakers, that makes the whole thing sing.
     
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    Shakti, and by vintage you mean 80´s and older or what period? Plus what exact cabinet you would recommenr for marshall pa20amp? Thanks!
     
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    For me vintage means roughly up to the mid-late 70s. For a PA20 I would try to find a 4x12 from the late 60s or early 70s with Celestion T1221s (G12M 25W) or T1511s (roughly the same speakers but actually made for bass). A cab with T1281s (G12H) will also be excellent, but I tend to prefer the G12M speakers with lower powered amps.
     
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    So early eighties Marshall 1933 1x12 Cabinet would not be best choice? I am thinking more about 1, max 2 speakers...
     
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    A single greenback might blow up

    If you go 80s, stick to g12-65 or g12-80
     
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    A Germino or similar cab would work just fine. Just stay away from anything made from MDF particle board.
     
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    With my 79, 80, and 82 2203's I prefer my 68 straight Greenback cab or 77 slant with 55hz 30 watt Blackbacks on top and V30's on bottom over the 1960ax Greenback and PPC412 V30 cabs I've compared them against.

    With my 82 4104 I prefer it's original 12-65's over the Scumback M75lhdc's I compared them against.

    My experience is the vintage speakers /cabs sound better and are obviously more vintage sounding.
     
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    Great advice here, all of it :)
    Noting sounds like a pre '73 greenback.
     
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