Having had a 2x12 before (a Blackstar HTV-212; which I don't recommend because it has a damped and shrill sound!) I must say that its value for money is stunning!
2 Celestion Vintage 30 speakers: It costs the same as both speakers alone!
I don't know how Thomann can sell this cab at this price but, honestly, go for it!!! (I have a 4x12 Marshall 1960A, so I know what I'm talking about!)
I've been using it since May 2012 when I bought it secondhand in very good condition. I've used it for party venues with a M57 mic connected to a small PA system, It has never disappointed me.
I've played orange, marshall, laboga, which are slightly superior in terms of quality.
I love its moderate weight, the sound it delivers with the 2 celestion v 30, considering that I just did a mod by disassembling it, throwing out the foam, adding some glue to the internal panel joints, varnishing the interior with 3 crossed layers, weatherproofed the handles and added some sanitary seal to the binding posts.
Very good value for money
If I had to, I'd buy it again. I play pop with a gretsch power and a caiman laboga. I play short solos with distortion and it's very good for that.
I received the 2x12 cab one month ago. I use it with a 1988 Carvin x100b amp head. I have tested other cabs by Palmer, Peavey, Marshall (2x12 and 4x12 ).
After one month of use, I find it relatively light (it can be transported without breaking your back) and pretty solid.
I opened it as soon as it arrived. You can take out the speakers after removing the grille (which is fastened with Velcro; I used a screwdriver and a cloth to protect the Tolex). No ugly surprises here: 2 celestion Vintage 12" speakers. The connectors are tidy and protected with a plastic shell. Overall, the finish is good and, unlike what you may read in other reviews, it's not made of wooden crates.
Once you remove the foam (and use it to fit the gear in the car = it avoids vibrations), you can go so far as to use wood glue and mastic. I reinforced all the edges with wood glue and the handles and circuit board with mastic.
Then I sanded and applied some lacquer to the wood. (which takes about 3 days, if you respect the drying times).
Then you put it all back together and...what a surprise, it sounds great. It's a Celestion Vintage speaker inside the cab, so there's no way it can sound bad. From all the things I have been able to test by Harley Benton, this is without a doubt the best. But you obviously need to break it in.
The Tolex is quite all right if you don't abuse it, the handles are sturdy, etc...You can add some casters, which is easily done and comes in handy.
Would I buy it again for the same price???? I will definitely buy another one to put Jensen inside.
If you are not convinced, go buy a Mesa cab for a thousand bucks and see if it sounds four times as good. Otherwise, if you are scared of being judged by fellow hard rockers, you can save $30 from your next gig to get a custom grille and save your honor...Although, that will mean you care more about the grille than the cab itself and what's inside.
I've had it for 2 years.
I have tested all sorts of cabinets, Especially Marshall and Orange. This one is truly excellent.
But be careful, I didn't use it for quite a long time, had no interest in it because new, it sounds stiff, sharp, ugly, pretty bad.
I then bought a Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 36 amp head and needed a cabinet, so I took it out again. It was the same as before, stiff...
But gradually the speakers and the sound became smoother and then I was able to recognize the quality of the V30s. It's well-defined, dynamic, they respond remarkably to attacks.
It's perfect for blues, jazz, country, and Stones-like rock, obviously. Big rock sounds great.
Clean sounds are sublime with this cab.
For a more creamy sound, in another cab, test a Celestion greenback and you'll get a wider scope.
What I love about this cab are its price and sound (after breaking it in).