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    C90 vs V30

    What's the general consensus?

    The Lone Star 2x12 and the Road King 2x12 are about the same price. I have a 4x12 with v30s in it already, and I'm happy with them. I can't say I've ever really tried C90s.

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    From what I understand, the C90's have a darker voicing. They sound nice, but getting that V30 presence could be tough, especially from a darker amp.

    V30's, to me, are very bright. One of the reasons I dig those Orange cabs we were talking about earlier, is because they use a thick, tough grill cloth. It somewhat dampens the crispiness of the v30s.

    Of course, if you're recording you can always set the mic off axis, but you still have to hear them live I always find myself rolling the treb or presence (depending on the amp) down if it's coming out of a cab with v30's loaded.

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    I won't be recording with it. I just want a non-FRFR option for the AxeFx. I actually prefer (to a fault, sometimes) dark sounding amps/tones, so that tidbit about the Orange reeling it in makes it more appealing.

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    Get the Road King, isn't it one of each? You can have cleans thru the C90 open back and distorted tones thru the V30 closed back.
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    It's hard for me to compare exactly since my C90's are in my Mesa 1X12 cabs and my V30's are in my mesa 4X12 but my impression of my C90's are that they are more of an all around speaker than the V30's which seem to have more of a emphasis on the midrange.

    One of the best descriptions I ever heard for the C90 was that it was Mesa's go to speaker for their 1X12 combo amps to make them sound bigger than they really were. I kind of feel like the C90 is a more balanced speaker than the V30 but to some people that balanced response tends to sound more sterile.

    If you like you're vintage 30's in your Mesa 4X12. I would recommend going with the 2X12 with V30's. It would probably be easier to tweak with since it's what your use to.

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    I don't like C90s for gainy stuff as much as V30s. But then again, yours and my tone preferences are somewhat different
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