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Wayne Harris


From:
Kentucky, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 10:45 am     Reply with quote

i have a fender twin amp they are to crisp for steel guitar i thank i want a 15 inch speaker in it to give it more bottom and lows what a good 15 inch inch speaker to put in it thanks for the info
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 11:05 am     Reply with quote

I just picked up a JBL D140F speaker to put in an old 1973 Fender VibraSonic Reverb amp I just bought.
That is the speaker that Fender originally put in that amp.
The Vibrasonic is basically a Twin Reverb with a 15" speaker.
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Cartwright Thompson


Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 1:16 pm     Reply with quote

I think you mean Vibrosonic. I think they came with either a Cerwin Vega or a D-130F. The D-140F is a bass speaker.
The Vibrasonic was an early sixties amp with about 45 Watts.
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 1:35 pm     Reply with quote

There is a difference between a Vibrosonic amp and a Vibrasonic amp.
The amp I have is a Vibrasonic reverb amp and it was made by fender in the 70's.
To add to the confusion, they recently issued a Vibrosonic amp that has one channel marked steel.
A fellow steeler had one of these for sale but we couldn't get together on the shipping end.
The Vibrasonic Reverb amp I have came out with the JBL 140F speaker made for Fender and it has the orange frame. It also calls for an 8 ohm speaker.
Check it out. Very Happy
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Wayne Harris


From:
Kentucky, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 2:09 pm     wayne Reply with quote

thanks much
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Cartwright Thompson


Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 2:19 pm     Reply with quote

The VibrOsonic was made from '72-'81. From '74 to '79 the D-130 was the stock speaker. Fender never put a D-140 in a guitar amp.
They recently reissued a VibrAsonic with a "Steel" channel.
Like watching your "P's and Q's", when it comes to Fender amps you need to watch your "A's and O's".
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Don Mogle


From:
Fort Worth, TX, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 4:35 pm     TR Speaker Reply with quote

EVM 15L, EVM 15B, Altec 418B, JBL K-130, Peavey 1501-4, or Telonics 15" would do a great job for you.

Don
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Jason King


From:
Missouri, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 5:17 pm     Reply with quote

Here is a 78 twin I had split cabs built for by Rick Johnson. I put a 15in black widow in it and it sounds fantastic. If you havnt considered this It makes it a lot easier to haul around also.
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Steve Spitz


From:
New Orleans, LA, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 5:36 pm     Reply with quote

The "Custom VibrAsonic" was made in 95 & 96. it had the blackface look, and took a 4 ohm speaker.

The VibrOsonic was a silverface, starting in the mid 70s and took an 8 ohm speaker.

Check the Fender amp field guide from the mojo site, it states all the details being discussed here.

The "Custom VibrAsonic was made in the USA , and had the same Emminince speaker later used in the steelking.

Ive owned both. Both were great amps.
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Dave Meis


From:
Washington, USA
Post Posted 20 Mar 2017 10:56 pm     Reply with quote

I put my JBL K 130 in my twin, but I thought it was 'bright' for my taste. I put in a Sica Bass Lite 15", and I like it in there. The JBL had about 20 hrs. on it, so I figured it was 'broke in', but I like the Sica a little better...
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Steve Sycamore


From:
Sweden
Post Posted 21 Mar 2017 2:22 am     Reply with quote

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I put my JBL K 130 in my twin, but I thought it was 'bright' for my taste.


That's the reason that a D140 can be a better sounding speaker for pedal steel. The D140 is not just a bass speaker. It was used for electric organs.
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 21 Mar 2017 7:47 am     Reply with quote

Steve,
I agree, that's the same reason a lot of steel players play through bass amps.
After all the above conversation, I took another look at my amp and it is a Vibrosonic Reverb from 1973, sorry about the confusion, it's heck to get old. Whoa!
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Ken Pippus


From:
Lake Oswego, OR
Post Posted 21 Mar 2017 8:45 am     Reply with quote

It was a moving target, Erv. The original brown face Vibrasonic (40 watts, 1961-ish) was spelled with an A.
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Tim Whitlock


From:
Colorado, USA
Post Posted 21 Mar 2017 9:01 am     Reply with quote

I don't know that it's necessarily true that a 15 provides more bass than 2 12s. The 2x12 moves more air than a 1X15 and a 12 will usually have about the same frequency response as a 15 of the same make. For instance a Peavey 1502 bottoms out at 40 hz whereas the 1201 gets down to 45 hz - barely perceptible if at all.

I really liked the JBL D130F that was in my Twin Reverb for years but the Altec 418B that I have now is something special. Yes it provides a nice full bass but the magic is in the velvety smooth top end - it's eargasmic! Not as light as a neo but at only 15 lbs it's lighter than two 12s and most 15s.


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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 21 Mar 2017 9:08 am     Reply with quote

Ken,
You are right, it's easy to get confused! Whoa!
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