Sorry, my post wasn't aimed at you. I've seen lots of guys say it takes quite a bit of time to loosen up a speaker. I think it happens pretty fast if you give it a spirited session.Ha! Yes, that was me, but not actually on “2”. My amp is on the 7 watt side most of the time and volume and gain nearly half volume, but that's still bedroom volume as far as I'm concerned. As I remember, it was the highs in the V30 that smoothed out last. The bass frequencies got soothed out first.
Understood, I think Celestion would endorse your comment. With my own hearing as it is today, I think it may one reason it seemed so long to actually detect what was happening with the V30.Sorry, my post wasn't aimed at you. I've seen lots of guys say it takes quite a bit of time to loosen up a speaker. I think it happens pretty fast if you give it a spirited session.
I really did think about buying used just based on the notion broken in is best. I'm not trusting about people in general. Trust them with the usage history of a speaker?9 times out of 10 I buy used, so the hell if I know?
An interesting add to the conversation. Several years ago I bought a brand new 10" Alnico smooth cone Weber Signature (the cheap series) for my first clone build - a BF Vibro Champ. It had wonderful clean, but crappy overdrive characteristics. At the time I wasn't in a band and playing the snot out of that amp at home, mostly clean and not at outrageous volume. After maybe 200 hours playing time the Weber speaker just fell apart. No focus and gradually less and less volume devolving into a slow, painful death. It was so gradual that I thought it was a tube issue, or tubes, maybe bias or even a wonky transformer, but it was the speaker that crapped out. So, some speakers can wear out.
I've read that Jim Campilongo replaces his 10" Celestion Golds on a regular basis, claiming that (to his ears) speakers wear out comparatively quickly. I've have heard my share of old Jensen, Oxford, CTS and Rola that sound tired and ready for a recone or replace, but that's after 50-60 years of use.
Speaker swapping is a sickness as bad as swapping PAF clones, with a ton of deals to be had.I really did think about buying used just based on the notion broken in is best. I'm not trusting about people in general. Trust them with the usage history of a speaker?
The new / old (cab) / new rig sounds great to me as is. I reused a cool old relic cabinet well suited to a low wattage application.