Marshall Astoria Classic / Bluesbreaker

Gridlock

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I finally had a Marshall Bluesbreaker style cab made for my Marshall Astoria Classic. The new cab is sized after a Marshall 1973x except for the extra depth to clear the front facing KT66’s.

The combo cab is loaded with two mint condition ‘77 Celestion Blackback speakers that I purchased some time ago. Once my wiring harness arrives, I’ll get to hear how it sounds.

The cab came out perfect, all I had to do was install the speakers and chassis. Only a screw driver required. Before and after photos below.

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You don't need no stinking harness. Wire that bitch up freehand. :cool2:
 

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Beautiful! Peter Mather does such great work. He made me a custom cab for my 65 Princeton Reverb Reissue a few years ago (2" taller than the stock cab and baffle for 12" speaker). Came out even better than I hoped.
 

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I would think that cab will give a more spacious open sound to the Astoria Grid, plus the 2x12s.
Now for some Collins cloth later on maybe?
As an observation funnily enough the sound my '73X is not as focused as the '74X, it's obviously bigger and 2x12 but as I say the tone is not as centered. I bought it on the basis of my experience with the JCM800 series and Silver Jubilee combos where the 2x12s outshone the 1x12s by a good degree.
 
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Looks great! Very well done :)
 

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I would think that cab will give a more spacious open sound to the Astoria Grid, plus the 2x12s.
Now for some Collins cloth later on maybe?
As an observation funnily enough the sound my '73X is not as focused as the '74X, it's obviously bigger and 2x12 but as I say the tone is not as centered. I bought it on the basis of my experience with the JCM800 series and Silver Jubilee combos where the 2x12s outshone the 1x12s by a good degree.
Collins cloth may be in my future. I had it installed on my Marshall 1962HW and loved the look. It definitely adds some bottom-end to your sound. Another plus.
 

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Collins cloth may be in my future. I had it installed on my Marshall 1962HW and loved the look. It definitely adds some bottom-end to your sound. Another plus.

Check out mine in the Marshall Handwired Bluesbreaker thread further down the page, a good colour contrast with the green tolex. However the piece I got is transparent tone wise so no change to the projected sound at all.
 

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That looks so much better than the Astoria cab. Awesome cab.

Now to get a Bluesbreaker cab for the other Marshall in your photos . . .
 

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