Breaking in New Speakers
Submitted by inmyhands on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 22:04
This is the method I use for breaking in new raw speakers. It's a combination of recommendations I've gotten from Ted Weber, Tim at EarCandy Cabs, and online correspondence with Celestion.
Each speaker is different. Some models will be sounding their best after maybe 25 hours of usage. Others may need 50 to 100 hours to truly sing as they were designed to. Hemp cones seem to take forever and many players give up on them too soon. Doped speakers will handle more abuse but lose a little of their optimal sound. AlNiCo models offer more compression and have a very sweet sustain because of this. Ceramic models offer more headroom, less breakup, and a crisper sound. Ceramics seem better voiced for extreme gain and bizillion note leads. AlNiCos are better for rich chords, vintage blues crunchy breakup, etc.
Other notes* Multi ribbed cones tend to be darker and smoother. Non ribbed cones tend to be brighter and more "intense" in the sound they produce. Less richness but more drive. Speakers that are driven closer to their rated output will supply a larger percentage of the tone you hear. A 25 watt amp into a speaker rated at 100 watts will have a different sound than the same amp driven into a 25 watt version of the same speaker. This can be bad or good. If you want the voice of the amp to be what you hear then the higher wattage speaker will allow that tone to come through. If you want the actual voice of the speaker to play a bigger role in what you hear the lower wattage version would be better. A great example is comparing the tone of a Vox AC 30, (30 to 35 watts into a pair of 15 watt AlNiCo Blues), to the tone of a 50 watt
This is just my (Rick inmyhands) opinion based on info I've received from the builders and suppliers and my own personal experience. I hope someone benefits from it.
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