I've decided that I will get a Vox AC30 with Celestion Blue speakers. At the moment, I have a line on three choices:
*15-year-old English-made Korg era AC-30/6 TBX for $999 (free shipping).
Pros: Very broken-in Celestion Alnico Blue speakers. Awesome clean. Very highly regarded era for AC-30s, & closest to '60s vintage style. Probably best bang-for-buck relative to what the market generally charges.
Cons: PCB-mounted tubes & tube rectifier make me worry about reliability. It's also hard to gauge what servicing a 15-year-old amp will require. No reverb, no master volume.
*Used AC-30C2X for $839 ($749 plus $90 shipping).
Pros: Somewhat broken-in Alnico Blue speakers. Master volume control. Excellent reverb & tremolo. Very pleased with clean & light OD sounds. Chance to save $$. Solid state rectifier & chassis-mounted tubes.
Cons: No warranty. I've heard conflicting opinions about the reliability of recent AC-30s since production moved to Asia.
*New AC-30C2X for $1039 (free shipping).
Pros: Will be under warranty for a few years. Celestion Alnico Blue speakers. As mentioned before, yay master volume control + reverb + tremolo + clean & light OD! Solid state rectifier & chassis-mounted tubes.
Cons: Most expensive option. Will take time to break in the speakers.
Truth be told, I'm not too concerned about whether an amp comes from England or Asia (both my guitars come from Indonesia), whether there's a master volume (I have a 50-watt Weber attenuator), or if the circuit is totally vintage-correct. My biggest concern is durability/reliability.
So, what do you all think? Any experience with the Korg-era British-made AC30s vs the current model?
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