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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2021 7:43 pm 
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Hi all - I read through the previous thread about various speaker recommendations (specific models), and that was all useful info.

I'd love to hear people's thoughts on speaker SIZE. I know this amp is sold as a 10" combo. However the cabinet is (or at least seems to be) large enough to accommodate a 12" speaker. In my case, I plan to build my own custom cabinet, so it's not an issue.

But are there any strong rationales for sticking with a 10"? The only things I could think of are a) smaller is quieter, and quieter may be preferred? or b) for an amp that only puts out 6-12 Watts it may be more efficient to drive a smaller speaker? or c) cost of 10" is lower, so there's a savings there.

Do I have the right thinking here, or are there any other considerations, or does none of this matter and it's just "whatever you want to do?"

Thanks for your opinions!
Bob


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2021 12:34 pm 
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IMHO it'll be generally quieter (10" speakers tend to be less efficient than 12"), lighter to carry, and probably have less bass. That said, I've got a TAD clone of a blackface Princeton Reverb I built as a head and I love the sound of it driving a 4x12 closed back cab, so it really is personal preference.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 4:15 pm 
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One thing to consider, at least with the cabinet supplied by Trinity, is that with a 12" speaker you may have some clearance issues with the speaker magnet interfering with the tubes and switches. I have a 12" speaker in mine, but there are certain ones I simply could not install due to the magnet diameter. This is because the 10" speaker is normally mounted off center of the baffle, but the 12" ends up being centered more towards the middle of the cabinet where the speaker jack and output tube are located on the chassis.

There are a lot of 10" and 12" speakers with nearly identical efficiencies, so I think the decision may come down more to how tight or focused you want the bass response. Perhaps see what you can find on the web about a Fender Princeton with either a 10" or 12" speaker. The stock Princeton cabinet is fairly close dimensionally to the Tramp, so it may be the best comparison (granted...different circuits, but the same general comparisons).

The Tramp combo cab dimensions may have changed from when I got mine back around 2012(?) or so, so some of what I mentioned above may not be entirely accurate.

Good luck with the speaker search...the Tramp is an awesome amp that sounds good with basically every tube and speaker I've thrown at it.


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