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 RWB
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I'm looking for a tube amp. After reading the great posts about the Epi Jr. and the Epi 5W head, it seems the head would allow for some flexibility using different cabinets.

What I don't understand is the cabinet options. How much can this amp drive? The local shop doesn't carry a 1x12, except a $500 Mesa. There is a 2x12 Marshall cabinet for about $300. Or a used Marshall 4x12 for $150. The local shop suggested disconnecting two speakers in the 4x12.

This is for home/practice only. Oh wise ones, please enlighten me.

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It'll drive any of the above, and to much higher volumes than you may think. Don't disconnect any speakers.

In fact, one of those little 1W "Smokey" pocket amps will nicely drive a big 4x12 cab.

Ever notice the "Sensitivity" figure for guitar speakers? It's a number in the range of 92-104 or so. That's the sound volume in dB measured by a calibrated microphone placed on the midline of the speaker 1M in front of the baffle the speaker's mounted in, while a 1W 400 Hz pure tone signal is fed to it. 100 dB or so is pretty loud.

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 RWB
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Thanks Riccochet. So I can take that out of the equation and focus on tone, cabinet size and weight, in case I ever need to transport the cab.

Any other advice for cab selection?


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(@fluid)
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You're in luck! Epi just released a brand spankin New Cab specifically for the valve junior head! I've got the valve junior combo but this looks pretty nice, I'm thinking I might have to pick up a head and cab at some point.


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Don't mean to hijack this thread but i was wondering if there is anything specific to look for when buying a head and cab separately. Not specifically the epi, just wondering if there is anything to watch out for?


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I run a Fender 4 X 12 cab with my VJ Head and it works just fine. It is loud and sounds great. I do like the look of that Epi cab though.

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 RWB
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That new Epi cab does look nice. Has anyone seen a price?


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i run my jr through a 2-12 cabinet,i prefer it over my 1-12 celestion.i would like to try a 4-12 cab might rent one in a couple weeks to check it out 8)

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Oh sweet mama, that's a good looking cab! Give it to me.


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Can't find a price anywhere, but they sell their Triggerman 4 X 12 cab for $220 in Musicians Friend and that has four 12" speakers. This thing should be around $100 some where I would guess. I want one.

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I'm thinking more than 100 cause it has the lady luck speaker in it. More like 150

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I agree with Ricochet, don't disconnect any speakers. The EVJ head will drive a 4 X 12 nicely. I played a gig with my EVJ head into a 2 X 12 last week. This amp is much louder than you think.

Here are some clips of the EVJ head into 4 X 12 cabs. Sounds awesome.

http://www.instituteofnoise.com/L6/ampclips.asp#Epiphone

You want a great speaker to get great tone. I run my EVJ head into a 2 X 12 with Celestion Vintage 30s. Sounds great, very Marshall. I also have a little 1 X 12 with an Eminence 125 I swapped out of my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. This sounds much brighter and very Fender.

So, generally speaking, go with Celestions for a Marshall tone, Eminence or Jensen speakers for a more Fender tone.

That Marshall cab most likely has Celestion G12T-75 speakers. This will absolutely give you that huge Marshall tone if you are into that. For $150 sounds like a good deal.

I love that little cab. The 1 X 12 I have I ordered from Lopo Lines with oxblood grill. Looks almost exactly like this new cab.

http://www.lopoline.com/home.html

Lopo Line is coming out with loaded cabs with Vintage 30s. Those will be sweet. They are built well and the price is great. I really like mine.

I hope Epiphne comes out with 2 X 12s and 4 X 12s too.

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I'm thinking more than 100 cause it has the lady luck speaker in it. More like 150

The SoCal 4 X 12 cab has 4 of them and it's $299.

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Here are some clips of the EVJ head into 4 X 12 cabs. Sounds awesome.

http://www.instituteofnoise.com/L6/ampclips.asp#Epiphone

Wow great clips.

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 RWB
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Here are some clips of the EVJ head into 4 X 12 cabs. Sounds awesome.

http://www.instituteofnoise.com/L6/ampclips.asp#Epiphone

You want a great speaker to get great tone. I run my EVJ head into a 2 X 12 with Celestion Vintage 30s. Sounds great, very Marshall. I also have a little 1 X 12 with an Eminence 125 I swapped out of my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. This sounds much brighter and very Fender.
Thanks Wes! That's a great link to hear different cabs. Well - I pulled the trigger and bought the Epi head last night, since it was the last one in stock. WOOHOO!:D

Decided to look around a bit for the cab... I keep telling myself to have patience, but its killin' me. It just sits there whispering " buy something and play me". I may go back for a second look at the Marshall. I think it was an MG412. Need to check on the speakers in it. I've also been watching a few cabs on ebay.


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