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Head or combo, which is best?

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  1. MarshallDog

    MarshallDog Well-Known Member

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    Always...:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member

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    It all depends, I like and use both. A combo is very convenient! Any cab , unless a 1X12, will be big, bulky and tough to lift and transport so hence a 1X2 combo is great IMO.
     
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    If a combo gives you a hernia, you will stand no chance with a 4X12:D
     
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    Have owned two Marshall combos.
    A Bluesbreaker
    And a JCM800 50 watter
    Both weighed a ton
    With a good case or cart you can move them.
    Just pray for ramps wherever you go.
    I load carts up. So I am praying for ramps anyway.
     
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    Lots of great points in this thread. The only things I can think of that I didn’t notice mentioned was:
    1. Spill. If you have a small setup with voice only through the p.a. Then open back combo works for the rest of the band. If everything is via p.a. Then closed back has less spill and is better.
    2. If you play a wide variety of tunes including heavier stuff then go head + closed back and avoid the open back combo. They both do clean and crunch well IMO, but the open back fails miserably when playing heavier.. just my opinion of course and no disrespect to any pioneering open back metal heads lol.
     
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    Can't stand 'em! Murky IMO.
     
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    one day ill get a 1912 cab for my jcm 900 mkIII... gotta get a mix of sounds from the open back combo and the closed cab
     
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    Blasphemer!
     
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    Well I meant when you take it into a repair shop. As a head weighs less than a combo. Also 4x12s have wheels on the bottom.
     
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  10. JayDeSilva

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    I have both. IMO nothing sounds better and moves more air than a 4x12 and head. If you have the resources to do so. Start w a combo and move up eventually if you have to. Thats what I did!

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    I don't know how true this is, but I have heard it often, that some combos are essential for that specific tone. For example, Fender Custom Tweed Deluxe. Vox AC30. That without the combo configuration they sound different.

    Other than that I go for heads because you can swap them around and it makes everything easier to carry when it's divided up like that. Just longer overall journey.

    So what's the story about that combo and tone combination I mentioned?
     
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    I’ve been strictly a combo guy for about ten years now, love the look of combos and I have owned and still own some great sounding combos, but probably my best sounding Marshall’s were heads and cabs.

    Of those, a ‘77 JMP 2203 and a ‘77 2204 with the same vintage 1960B cab with Black-backs, a Vintage Modern 2266 with a 425B cab, and a 1987x with an early JCM800 1936 cab with G12-65’s all sounded amazing.
     
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    Looking for something I don't remember what.
    The thing is if you mic your rig to the PA, you only mic one speaker. If you don't mic because it's a small venue, then there probably won't be room for a 4 x 12....you get where I'm coming from?
     
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    Head for amps and otherwise of course .
     
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    Whats funny at my local mom and pop shop they dont stock head and cab, its all combos on the floor. I asked the guy why and he said head and cab has gone way of the dodo nobody asks to buy anything but combos so thats what he stocks. I was like "Really?" :scratch:
     
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    What a bs reply and very dumb . That's like going back in time from over 40 years ago at my mom and pop shop .
     
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    Pretty much the same around here! Most bands I see playing out have combos unless they are old players playing old school rock & roll with long thinning hair for the most part.

    You must admit, if they were being asked for them they'd be stocking them!!!
     
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    I may resemble that remark, but I do have both, heads an combos.
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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    Can anyone deny that there is a noticeable difference between a closed back cabinet and an open back? With a combo you would be most likely running with an open back tone unless you cart a closed back cabinet to use as an extension cab, which would defeat the purpose of combo portability. Nothing wrong with that, just depends on what you might be after. Possible advantage of starting with a head alone is that you can try out a few different speaker and cab set ups to hit what you're after, 2x10, 2x12, 1x12, open back, closed back, it goes on forever but definitely changes your sound.
     
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    Which is very helpful when carrying upstairs, hauling into back of vehicle....:(

    I have both. I gotta say, hauling the little Mark V 35 combo and a closed back 1x12 makes a damn nice sounding little stack. One in each hand to carry.
    Mesa Mark V 35 combo 44 lbs.
    Marshall JVM head 48 lbs.
     
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