I recently have been doing some work on a Marshall combo I owned for years that has seen better days. I recently have replaced the speaker with this Jensen C12K. This actually came to my attention previously, with a Fender Twin amp. The cool thing about these speakers is that they don't drastically alter the sound that you are looking for. For me personally, all they did was eliminate some of the harsher high end and smooth out the tone. The midrange response was really something else. While it wasn't too midrange dominant, it certainly brought them out a little bit more, and with the Strat Twin combo I was using, that's a big difference. The Strat I have is really bright and to get more of the tone that comes with it out of that amp was really special.
I am really going to consider putting these in a few of my amps. While the tubes and pre's of each amp will differ, I wouldn't mind the speakers to have consistent tone. I think that they would do well in a Marshall amp, and I think that would actually allow it to resemble a Fender slightly more. Since I love the Marshall distortion but really love the Fender clean tone and warmth, I think that'll be killer.
Basically, these are phenomenal speakers, and you really can't go wrong with them. I'd say that no matter what you play, from really clean jazz to extremely heavy distortion, putting these speakers in the right kind of amp will be a good call.
Already the owner of a C12Q the price / quality ratio just incredible, I took advantage of a good opportunity to acquire a big brother named C12K Ceramic Vintage.
Superior performance (99.1 against 93.9 dB) and power handling of 100W (35W for C12Q) for the technical side and the superlative quality C12Q led me to acquire this "doped" model.
I mounted it in a HP Palmer cab I never say how much he excels. Its generous size and strength allow HP mounted to express themselves better.
The baffle serves me with a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe combo and heads GVT15H Ampeg and Marshall Class5.
Compared to C12Q the C12K brings more body, mediums a warm coat (probably a result of it the name "Vintage"), significantly deeper bass and loses some of the analytical restitution of "little brother" .
But the clean sounds are great precision and definition across the spectrum. Again the marriage with the head Ampeg-a wonder to a paltry price-to perfection.
With OD pedals or Disto, and LP, I get exactly the sound that I like: sustain huge, perfect control of low frequencies, rich, warm mids and harmonics out all alone. The grain is always superb, without roughness.
The bridge pickup sounds like my LP'57 never devoid of any aggression.
The dynamic is not left and right hand set allows a multitude of shades.
I have a lot of HP's Eminence Governor, Eminence Man O War, Celestion V30, Jensen C12Q and therefore this C12K.
The Jensen becoming my favorite, followed close by the Governor.
I absolutely love everything in this HP which suffers no weakness. Balance seduced from the first notes played and the richness of its stamps is another of its strengths.
A 97 € in nine, the price / quality ratio seems perfect to me. And no doubt I'll buy it immediately if it became necessary.
Note that the Hot Rod Deluxe particularly appreciate, in addition to the original Eminence for the respective performance of the two speakers is very close, which is not the case with C12Q.
I love it!