For the amplification of my hollowbody guitars I was looking for a speaker that can reproduce the complex sound of the guitar with very high detail - and still be able to handle a high volume. This speaker satisfies my needs perfectly. Replacing the original speaker by this one meant a serious upgrade of my amp.
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Blackbird in the fender amp - balanced - changeable!
I have installed the Blackbird in the Fender Hot Rod Delux, it sounds very well balanced, and more, but be careful !: It does not fit without further conversion measures, since the speaker is too deep (17cm)! I have to rebuild the rear of the Chassi by 2.5cm (holes drill etc.) so that he has enough space. Now I have a 1cm gap in the top of the amp ... do not bother me, but it is not nice anyway. 3 stars.
SOUND 5 STARS: It sounds very balanced! The ToneRegler (Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence) now react very differently to the AmpSound- much to the positive. The basses do not muffle any more and Middle and Treble make a very tidy and balanced sound. Just at 2.5kHz no more bells, so it would make Aua. Also, I have the BRIGHT switch on ON, without it in the ears rattles.
Clean he smells first cream, with Crunch the sun rises, with MidGain it comes beautifully in motion without the tugs washed. In general, I would say he has the quality with a great variety of sound from the effectboard to get along. I mainly use analog effects. Metal I do not play, I can not say anything.
Basically, he sounded a bit dull and too linear at the first impression, which was due to the fact that I had already tuned my board and amp settings to the old speaker (Celestion Gold). After a few hours of setting I had found several SweetSpots. My boss EQ I have now no longer in use. Before, I always had the bass of the Celestion Gold lower.
Also, I did not have the impression to have a long time. There were no "BZZIIRRRR" sounds in connection with distortion, which would then have been somewhere.
Where there is much light is also shadow: Now I have a somewhat louder side noise on the amp. A frequency the noise is at 180Hz and another between 3 and 5kHz. But I can live with that, you will hardly hear in the live on the PA. Have the speaker already in other amps, since there were no Nebengeräusche.
CONCLUSION: Speaker of the upper league. Not for nothing, it is also installed in some boutique amps. Very balanced, direct and balanced sound - for the first time, he sounds colorless - he wants to get all the tone controls on his face - then he does his job really well! And without sounding weak or faded at any frequency.
4 stars, since conversion of the Fender HotRod Deluxe Amp necessary and I now have slight side noise. Nevertheless, I do not give it back, since the sound convinces.
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