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    I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season. I plan on getting the 5150iii in the coming weeks, but am torn between the 1x12 combo and a 50 watt head/speaker. I know it is a preference thing, but I was just curious to hear some thoughts about it, as well as any experiences anyone has had with a similar situation.

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    I have the head and 1x12 cab and love it. The combo has reverb and power scaling that the head does not. To me, that's no big deal. Screw reverb. Power scaling? What's the point? Its much easier to move the cab and head around. Plus its much better for the valves. A combo will rattle the valves quite hard. Which will cause microphonics and other issues with em that a head/cab set up won't. If you wanted reverb or power scaling - you can always add a reverb pedal or attenuator at any time.
    I don't know what speaker is in the combo. The 1x12 cab came with a Celestion 70th Anniversary g12h. Which is not a bad speaker. You may ask around and find out which speaker is in the combo.
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    I've got the 2x12 Combo. Tube rattle is less of an issue due to the design of the combo. The cabinet is enclosed. Essentially it's a 2x12 cab with a 50 watt head screwed to the top. It is very heavy. Wheels help, but rattle the tubes. Reverb is pretty good. Power scaling is the best. I use it as a master volume. Set it to 1 watt. Get a good sound and turn it up as needed. I think it helps lessen the famous 5150 fizz a bit. Like the head there's a speaker out and I like to use a 4x12 sometimes. So the combo has more features, but is heavier. I'm a sucker fo a gimmick so I went with the combo. Either will get a great sound so you really can't go wrong.

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    Do you know what speakers are in the combo ?
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    I have the 50W head and 2X12 cab. Had it for about a year and absolutely love it. I was going to get the combo but ended up deciding on this as I just prefer the look and feel of the head and cab better than the combo. That being said I don't see how you can go wrong with the combo either. Especially if you are a bedroom player as I am.

    I think either version is a good bet and you really can't go wrong. What is your aesthetics preference?

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    I don't have an aesthetic preference to be honest. I currently have a fender 1x12 and like it, but I also think the look of a head and cab is cool. I am also a bedroom player for the most part, with an occasional jam thrown in.

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    25 watt greenback Celestions. Not the EVH celestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFU View Post
    25 watt greenback Celestions. Not the EVH celestion.
    That's wild. So far EVH has put the EVH Clestions in the 4x12, the Celestion 70th Anniversary in the 1x12 and 2x12 and now the Celestion Greenback in the combos.
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    I can't speak to the combo, but I have owned the 50 watt head and 2x12 combo for about 2 1/2 years now and couldn't be happier. I was initially annoyed it didn't have a built in reverb. However, this made my purchase a TC Hall of Fame and it offers every reverb type imaginable. I'm far from a reverb nut; I just have it set for a nice and subtle plate reverb. I'm glad I'm not limited to whatever the built in reverb might sound like though. As for the attenuation, I've placed a Dunlop volume pedal in my FX loop of the amp. This allows me to set the perfect 'bedroom' volume. My biggest issue was finding the right balance between the green and blue channel gain settings. I actually only keep my gain at 11:00, and it's plenty for my tastes. This also allows for a good enough clean sound on the green channel for my ears. I keep the volume at 2.5 and use the volume pedal as I see fit.

    As others have said, I don't think you could really go wrong with either the combo or the head and cab. It's pretty much preference. I love my amp/cab and have not looked back since!

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    Get the head. If you eventually want to gig with it, it will offer a lot more options. I recently used my 50w head to run two 4x12s at a gig and it performed flawlessly. With a combo that'd be a pain in the butt. I just grabbed a HOF Mini for $60 delivered and that's going on my pedalboard next week. I also have a 2x12 that's great for band practice. The 50w head is very easy to carry around. I have two and brought both to a gig. But I'll be listing one for sale next week to finance another purchase.

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    How much are you planning to sell the 50w head for if you don't mind me asking?

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    Sorry for the late reply, was on a long flight last night. I'm thinking $700 shipped. Will post photos and description in a few min.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Lee View Post
    Get the head. If you eventually want to gig with it, it will offer a lot more options. I recently used my 50w head to run two 4x12s at a gig and it performed flawlessly. With a combo that'd be a pain in the butt. I just grabbed a HOF Mini for $60 delivered and that's going on my pedalboard next week. I also have a 2x12 that's great for band practice. The 50w head is very easy to carry around. I have two and brought both to a gig. But I'll be listing one for sale next week to finance another purchase.
    Actually the back of the 2x12 is the same as the head. It has two speaker outputs. One Has the combo speaker plugged in. Which I unplug and use that jack for my 4x12. Two 4x12 would be the same as the head alone.

 

 

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