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Really depends on what type of music you're going to play, as the Twin Reverb's character can really change depending on what direction you go speaker-wise.

I found the stock CTS speakers too "wooden" and sterile sounding in my '76 Super Twin, but the route I went with replacement speakers took things to a place that few would likely venture. Personally loved the result, however...
 

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I think the main choice here is (I know they have a rep but) if you want mostly clean sounds (including pedal platform) or if you wanna be dirty most of the time.

Cleans go for JBL D120s, or K or E (the Weber NeoMag 12s are a very good clone - not any cheaper but available new with warrentee; a bit cheaper used). Es are the heaviest and most hifi with the most bass. I don't recommend them due to the weight alone but they are a very good speaker and that was litterally Garcia's rig (It's nice to have roadies) in case it helps.

If JBLs are too jangly /bright (sometimes those metal dustcaps are too much) and/or not bassy enough, then EV 12L/M. If those still too heavy, EV Force 15 (teensy bit less bass, hardly noticable in an open back combo, and power handling which you don't need, but also much smaller magnets so much lighter; same cone and frame).

For dirt, you want a shittier speaker. And I mean that in a good way. First, inefficiency and lower power handling are your friend here (Twins are loud; you want cone breakup). This is where the Jensens (and even RSC/Marslands, Utahs etc) come in. You can get fancy and expensive/esoteric here, but I don't recommend it.
 

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I had been really close to putting the JBL's in my twin when I had it. But the weight issue, too much. I ended up going with a pair of Eminence Red, White & Blues speakers, and really enjoyed the tone I got out of it. Just really nice clean Fender tone.
 

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For that much you can get a (freshly reconed) EV (no heavier; $40 cheaper) or even JBL (probably heavier). Just sayin.
 

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Cannabis Rex will work nicely if you play single coils & want to tame ice-pick highs. And I think there's a set for sale in the emporium here.....
 

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For that much you can get a (freshly reconed) EV (no heavier; $40 cheaper) or even JBL (probably heavier). Just sayin.
Your guys' defenition of affordable is whack.
If cost was the only consideration for similar drivers, then the choice would be straightforward.
Agreed: Price point on the JBL's...EV's etc. compared to the Delta Pro (I suggested ) may be less.
Personal taste and first hand experience with all of the speakers mentioned above infulenced my recommendation.
I have a cross section of older 'square magnet' Eminence , G Series Celestions and Marslands that I have held on to,
many newer speakers from various manufacturers ...in the process of being sold off.
By process of testing and elimination, I have had to limit my choices to those speakers using large diameter voice coils for my amps , the Delta Pro is my current go to speaker.
I have been looking at the Celestion V series and will probably order and load one for testing sometime over the summer....anyone have first hand experience with these?
Comments/ reviews would be appreciated.
I guess the bottom line is.... what are you comfortable spending v.s. the sonic characteristics of the speaker that best suits your taste?
 

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I put Vintage 30's in a twin & I thought it sounded great

although to be honest, I didn't mind the stock brown Utah's either
 

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My choice would be vintage JBL D-120's.
It is part of the Twin "magic" IMHO. Makes you Twin sound more like a Twin.
Don't know if you are familiar with Jim Messina's Tele through a silver face Twin loaded with JBL D-120's....but it is killer.
BTW.....the 77' Twins sound really good. Always wanted to get one of those.
 

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I think the main choice here is (I know they have a rep but) if you want mostly clean sounds (including pedal platform) or if you wanna be dirty most of the time.

Cleans go for JBL D120s, or K or E (the Weber NeoMag 12s are a very good clone - not any cheaper but available new with warrentee; a bit cheaper used). Es are the heaviest and most hifi with the most bass. I don't recommend them due to the weight alone but they are a very good speaker and that was litterally Garcia's rig (It's nice to have roadies) in case it helps.

If JBLs are too jangly /bright (sometimes those metal dustcaps are too much) and/or not bassy enough, then EV 12L/M. If those still too heavy, EV Force 15 (teensy bit less bass, hardly noticable in an open back combo, and power handling which you don't need, but also much smaller magnets so much lighter; same cone and frame).

For dirt, you want a shittier speaker. And I mean that in a good way. First, inefficiency and lower power handling are your friend here (Twins are loud; you want cone breakup). This is where the Jensens (and even RSC/Marslands, Utahs etc) come in. You can get fancy and expensive/esoteric here, but I don't recommend it.
great feedback...really informative!!!
 

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I think the main choice here is (I know they have a rep but) if you want mostly clean sounds (including pedal platform) or if you wanna be dirty most of the time.
I want this amp to be my "platform amp" keeping it clean is the tive...
Cleans go for JBL D120s, or K or E (the Weber NeoMag 12s are a very good clone - not any cheaper but available new with warrentee; a bit cheaper used). Es are the heaviest and most hifi with the most bass. I don't recommend them due to the weight alone but they are a very good speaker and that was litterally Garcia's rig (It's nice to have roadies) in case it helps.

If JBLs are too jangly /bright (sometimes those metal dustcaps are too much) and/or not bassy enough, then EV 12L/M. If those still too heavy, EV Force 15 (teensy bit less bass, hardly noticable in an open back combo, and power handling which you don't need, but also much smaller magnets so much lighter; same cone and frame).

For dirt, you want a shittier speaker. And I mean that in a good way. First, inefficiency and lower power handling are your friend here (Twins are loud; you want cone breakup). This is where the Jensens (and even RSC/Marslands, Utahs etc) come in. You can get fancy and expensive/esoteric here, but I don't recommend it.
I want this amp to be my "platform amp" ...thanks guys for all the suggestions...really appreciate it
 

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I have the eminence legend 1028k (35W) in my Fender Vibroverb reissue with, 2x10's and it sounds amazing with the tubes I have in it. Vintage, "tight percussive lows and extended highs." (according to their website) I think mine were made in the 90's as that's when the previous owner bought the amp and swapped out the oxfords. (much older logo) To me it sounds like the classic fender clean amp. I got brave one day and tried all 4 channels (one at a time of course) with a volume of 7. Far too loud and just starting to break up
 

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If I had a Twin (or any 212 100 watt amp), I would be seriously investigating neodymium speakers. Selection is getting quite broad and I think, tonewise, some of them must be complimentary to the sound someone is after. And the weight reduction is a no brainer. But I'm old and feeble - lots of people are still happy rocking 100 lb amps.
 

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If I had a Twin (or any 212 100 watt amp), I would be seriously investigating neodymium speakers. Selection is getting quite broad and I think, tonewise, some of them must be complimentary to the sound someone is after. And the weight reduction is a no brainer. But I'm old and feeble - lots of people are still happy rocking 100 lb amps.
I plan to go Neo in my Vibroverb if my old Jensen ever dies. Id love to get it down to the weight of a Deluxe Reverb. A comfortable one hand carry.
 
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