Celestion Vintage 30 (8 Ohms)
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Celestion Vintage 30 (8 Ohms)

Vintage 30 (8 Ohms), Guitar speaker from Celestion belonging to the Vintage 30 model.

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Rockmonster03/28/2008

Rockmonster's review

Celestion Vintage 30 (8 Ohms)
Celestion Vintage 30's... had them in a pair of closed back birch cabinets.. broke them in.. used for a few weeks.. so.. I did give them a thorough workout... This is a GREAT speaker for scooped out metal... where you are looking for sizzling highs and huge bottom.. not much character to get any sort of meaty leadwork (at least not in any 6L6 based rig) Never tried these with EL34's... which was probably a mistake on my part... It may have imparted a bit more "organic" flavor. Using it with a Carvin T100 (6L6), Voodoo Lab Preamp, GT8 preamp or Digitech GSP2101 preamp... had the same characteristics with each. I know these are the stock speakers in the Vai Legacy cabinets from Carvin.. and he DOES get a very balanced tone...(after he runs his signal through about 15k worth of processors... hmmm. This music is expensive biz!) So, I would suggest trying both types of tube power amp sources if you go with these speakers. They may be a bit "screechy" with the 6L6 setup. Perhaps it is because these are TOO tight..(which is great for modern metal rhythm work..not so great if you want a round, detailed tone for single lead notes)
Value..I think these speakers are a bit of a ripoff. $109.00 for a made in China speaker. I'm not impressed. Eminence seems to have much more balanced, well made speakers... at literally half the price and made in the USA. With 10 times the available choices that Celestion has! ( I don't want to sound like an ad for Eminence.. but I just don't understand Celestions prices. They are NOT great speakers.)
Would I make the same choice... um, no. Absolutely not. I might try them in an EL34 based setup...but for that matter, I would just use the speakers I like much more (Cannabis Rex, P-50's, or even Celestion Greenbacks) and yes, I DO play metal... if I wanted this scooped out sound...I would just try the Governor from Eminence.. which is supposed to be the equivalent. Or even the Texas Heat's. Again... I think this is an overhyped speaker that has become kind of the standard tone for Nu Metal... but does not seem to cut it with any of my gear.
fjohn02/14/2011

fjohn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Celestion Vintage 30 (8 Ohms)
I also know the GT75 (Marshall 8240), Special Design Eminence (blues deluxe). I use it for 2 months on a hot rod emerald.

The Vintage 30 is a curious HP. The lower midrange is quite runny, treble is well defined. The bass are large (but not that much). It lacks high-medium, we regret even more the G75T ... Obviously, some do not, and yet so many people love the sound Marshall (G75T is still par excellence, the HP Marshall), who knows ...

I do not particularly like the HP for heavy saturation, but to sound jazzy, funky, not bad, claps well (particularly acute). It's still nice on the crunch.