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NCD - 1966a

Discussion in 'Cabinets & Speakers' started by joe_cpwe, Mar 30, 2021.

  1. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Well-Known Member

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    Getting a 1966 (2x12) was on my hit list, and that is tough to do at a fair price. This clean specimen was $350 and just a 30 minute drive. I already have a 1965a (4x10) and I really wanted two of this size cab, in each speaker config for rehearsal and gigs. The 2x12 will open up options for possible speaker swaps too. This one is super clean and still stock with g12t-75s.

    For a 2.5 hour drive I could've gotten a seemingly well converted 1965b to 2x12 with a 75 and gk100. I thought a straight cab would be ideal, BUT, it was $400, the grill may have been messed up a bit, and it was missing a g12t-75. I like that mine was super clean, closer to home, cheaper, and stock ... even though having a straight cab would have been nice.

    The guy I bought from today does have a 1965b cab and said he'll call me if/when he wants to sell.

    No 4x12s for me. Those days are gone. These guys are easily transported and I have a Artist 3202 head which is the right fit and would only be looking at a SV/SC 20 or possibly an Origin 50 in the future.

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    Drinkingdeath01 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice score Joe !!! I have the B version along with some 65's and I love them all. Great tone and easy to move around. I must say, yours is probably the cleanest one I've ever seen. Keep us posted on any speaker swaps.
     
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    joe_cpwe Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, you've got a good collection going. I bought my 1965a from this same same guy last year. It was in very good condition also, although the grill on this 1966 is near mint.

    With summer coming these boys are going to see some gigging. I'll A/B them to see which will go out and which one stays for rehearsal. I'm going to have some covers made so they don't get too beat up.
     
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  4. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Well-Known Member

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    Had a chance to set up the 1965a and 1966a with my board, my 3202 and the Yamaha G50 head. Doing some comparing, using each head with each cab, and getting them to where the G50ii could be eq'd and be a similar sounding spare amp.
    The parametric eq on the G50 is pretty helpful in finding the mid-hump frequency and mimic the Marshall...as much as a Rivera designed, solid state, Fender'esque could do :)

    I found that I like the bark and immediacy of the 1966 more that the 1965. The 12s are a bit harsher so that's got to be factored into the eq, but I think it will cut in a band situation better. The 4 10 cab is smoother sounding.

    Time at rehearsals and indoor/outdoor gigs this summer will tell the tail on these two cabs but, I'm pretty damn happy with them.

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  5. DesolationBlvd

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    As a fellow 1966A owner, I urge you to go with the SV over the SC head. The Studio Series heads are narrower than the 1966A cabinet, and the SC will look a little "off" because JCM800 heads always matched their cabinets, but the SV will look like a small-box 1987 head on a 1960 cabinet.
     
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  6. AlvisX

    AlvisX Garage Guerrilla Gold Supporting Member

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    That wasn't a bad deal for 2021
    Last time I bought one was probably 10 yrs ago for 275. I put Century Vintage Neos in it ,so it is really a lightweight cab
    I replaced the jack cup with a Plug n Play jack ,so I could use it with the stereo rack amp

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    Got a 1966b w 2x65's in it
     
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  7. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, that's the plan down the road. The SV's sound great. I'm also trying to not get distracted by slinging an Origin on top of it by sticking with my Artist. An SV will be more different than the Artist than the SC too.

    Thanks. Yeah, I think the price was right by today's standards. I'd definitely like to try 65's in there.
    One of these weekends I'm going to cycle through a few speakers I've got around the house in the top spot, leaving the bottom 75 in there to see what sounds best with what's on hand.
     
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    junk notes Well-Known Member

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    There are two versions. The one posted above and the JCM series w/full handles. The cup handles are reasonably priced.
     
  9. Kim Lucky Day

    Kim Lucky Day Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice score on a fine looking cabinet! I have a 1965A and 1966B that I will sometimes gig with (using SV20H). This is a great combination and a pretty kick-ass little full stack...
     
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  10. DesolationBlvd

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    I didn't know there was another version of the 1965/1966 cabinet, I thought they all had the little handles (like OP's and mine).
     
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  11. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Well-Known Member

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    Having a heavier handle, one shaped in a way to allow carrying the cabinet with one hand would be really great. Although I'm not ready to cut my cabs up to install one.
     

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