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I recently acquired a Deluxe Reverb head and I'm not sure which cab would go best with it.
I'm thinking of having one made but now it's a question of what config? I've tried a couple cabs that I have but they're all closed back. Not quite the "Fender" sound I was hoping for.

What could I expect to be the best match for this amp? I know the combo comes with a 1x12 but for some reason the idea of a 2x10 appeals to me. 2x12 may be a bit heavy depending on the cab construction and the weight relief of having a separate head would be kinda wasted there.

Should I just go with a 1x12? Talk me in or out of this idea of a 2x10. And if THAT can of worms ain't deep enough which speakers would work best?
I'm looking to emulate as close as possible the classic Fender amp sound. Clean and chimey but with a bit of "creaminess" that breaks up nicely when pushed.
I know those descriptors are somewhat subjective but hopefully y'all know what I mean.
 

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Before you do anything pop the back off one of your 1x12 cabs, if you can, and see how you like the head with an open back 1x12. I personally don't like 10" speakers at all so I'm not the guy to ask about them :)
 

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I own a DRRI and I have two baffles; 2x10 and 1x12. The 2x10 has Jensens (don't know exactly which models but I could let you know when I get to the rehearsal space) and in the 1x12 I've used a 25W Weber 12F150 (ceramic) which is what Weber recommends for this amp and I've also had a Celestion Blue in it as well. As far as the 1x12 goes the Weber sounded fine and I don't think it's worth the upcharge for the Celestion. The 2x10 gives it a tighter bottom end and is more harmonic than the single 12 and I've always been a 1x12 fan. That's why it's nice having the two options and if you're having it made it's not a stretch to get both. As far as weight is concerned, I don't think the 2x10 is any lighter than a single 12. In fact, it might be the opposite. I simply wouldn't consider a 2x12 for an amp I know I'm gonna carry around a lot.
 

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^^^This. If you're not sure which you'd prefer, just have 2 baffles made for whatever cab you have built...then you don't have to choose one over the other. As has been pointed out already, each configuration has it's charms ;^ )
 

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^^^This. If you're not sure which you'd prefer, just have 2 baffles made for whatever cab you have built...then you don't have to choose one over the other. As has been pointed out already, each configuration has it's charms ;^ )
Sounds like a potential option. How swap-able are these baffles? Are they screwed in? Bolted in? I suppose it depends on who makes the cab.
 

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I've got a BF DR clone I built with 2 x 10 Jensen Mod 50's in it. I find it has more punch (moves more air) than the single 12 did. I like it with the 2 x 10's. It is for sure heavier though.
 
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Talk me in or out of this idea of a 2x10.
How's about a 110?
If you wish, I can loan you my open back 110 with a Weber Alnico Classic for comparison purposes.
I also have a baffle for a 12" that'll fit this cab (thin plywood I cut for temporary testing).
As long as I get it back in time for the Elmira show (or bring it with you there).

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I own a DRRI and I have two baffles; 2x10 and 1x12.

....it's nice having the two options and if you're having it made it's not a stretch to get both.

....As far as weight is concerned, I don't think the 2x10 is any lighter than a single 12. In fact, it might be the opposite.

......I simply wouldn't consider a 2x12 for an amp I know I'm gonna carry around a lot.
+1 to this suggestion and the associated comments.
 

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Sounds like a potential option. How swap-able are these baffles? Are they screwed in? Bolted in? I suppose it depends on who makes the cab.
Most would be screwed in. With the right screw placement, loaded baffles can be swapped in a matter of minutes. As far as weight differences between a 1 x 12 & 2 x 10, it largely depends on the speaker magnets used. I've had AlNiCo loaded 2 x 10 baffles that were far lighter than a 1 x 12 baffle loaded with a heavy-duty ceramic.
 
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The cab with my (originally) out of phase speakers on a recent thread has two baffles, a 1x12 and a 2x12. They are screwed in. @Hamstrung, let me know if you want to check out the setup.
 

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I am guessing this is intended to be "the *right* 15". So what is the *right* 15"? Curious minds with vintage Fender (and Traynor) amps want to know.
Some of the old Traynor's came with a Radio Speakers of Canada / Jensen EMC1500 that sounds great. I have one in my Super Reverb. It's a Jensen EM1500, which I believe was the same as a C15n, made on Canada under by RSC under license from Jensen to dodge import costs. I found mine in a 60s Pepco 725 cabinet.
 

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I am guessing this is intended to be "the *right* 15". So what is the *right* 15"? Curious minds with vintage Fender (and Traynor) amps want to know.
JBL D130F seems to be the go to 15 for BF Fender amps. I believe SRV used a big heavy EV in his Vibroverb. Weber California is another common choice, as @StevieMac reccomended to me. I've also heard good things about the Eminence Legend and Big Ben in Fenders.

I think the original 64 Vibroverbs came with either an Oxford or the optional JBL
 
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