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1 27th May 19:16
jared block
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Default 1962 Fender Vibrasonic (fender)


I have one of these, but the speaker is not original. I was thinking of
buying a fender replacement speaker, but it is about $200. Does anyone know
if it is worth it for the value of the amp. I know that people usually value
an all original piece, but if the speaker is a replacement from Fender does
it preserve the value better?
Thanks for your opinions
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2 27th May 19:18
jared block
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I have one of these, but the speaker is not original. I was thinking of
buying a fender replacement speaker, but it is about $200. Does anyone know
if it is worth it for the value of the amp. I know that people usually value
an all original piece, but if the speaker is a replacement from Fender does
it preserve the value better?
Thanks for your opinions
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3 28th May 17:51
lovguitar
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For $200 you can probably get the original speaker with either the original
cone or reconed. Cold Springs Electrical Works has lots of vintage speakers.
They're not cheap, but like I said, neither is the $200 replacement.

The first thing to do is to determine what the correct speaker for that amp is.
Is the speaker a 15"?

You can check ampwares.com and link to the Fender Field Guide to see if specs
are listed for your amp.

If this fails, you can try webervst.com to see if the spec is listed there. If
it is not, you could e-mail Ted Weber, who is notoriously knowledgeable and
helpful.

The amp is most definitely worth more with the original speaker or with a
replacement that is the correct model and year.

In some cases, the amp will *sound* better with a different speaker. If you do
score the correct speaker, and it has been reconed, and it sounds good, I would
just use that. If you score the speaker and it has the original cone, I would
probably keep it aside and put another speaker in there for everyday use. The
old cones get brittle and the glues give out. The voice coils get deformed
from loud use. No more original cone and your value goes down.

Just my .02

good luck,

Paul
Don't just sit there -- DO SOMETHING!

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4 28th May 17:52
lovguitar
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For $200 you can probably get the original speaker with either the original
cone or reconed. Cold Springs Electrical Works has lots of vintage speakers.
They're not cheap, but like I said, neither is the $200 replacement.

The first thing to do is to determine what the correct speaker for that amp is.
Is the speaker a 15"?

You can check ampwares.com and link to the Fender Field Guide to see if specs
are listed for your amp.

If this fails, you can try webervst.com to see if the spec is listed there. If
it is not, you could e-mail Ted Weber, who is notoriously knowledgeable and
helpful.

The amp is most definitely worth more with the original speaker or with a
replacement that is the correct model and year.

In some cases, the amp will *sound* better with a different speaker. If you do
score the correct speaker, and it has been reconed, and it sounds good, I would
just use that. If you score the speaker and it has the original cone, I would
probably keep it aside and put another speaker in there for everyday use. The
old cones get brittle and the glues give out. The voice coils get deformed
from loud use. No more original cone and your value goes down.

Just my .02

good luck,

Paul
Don't just sit there -- DO SOMETHING!

PC
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5 30th May 11:15
npine
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Is the $200 for a new Fender replacement, or a new-old stock speaker?
I don't think you'll be gaining anything by buying a new Fender brand
replacement. It's probably an Eminence, and $200 seems incredibly
expensive for an Eminence speaker. If you're concerned about resale
value, I think most people who know enough about amps to want yours
will know enough about speakers to not be impressed by a
Fender-branded Eminence. I'm guessing you could find the same speaker
with an Eminence label for under $100.

I think I'd be inclined to either recone the original, or find a good
deal on a quality new speaker.

-Scott McKnight
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6 2nd June 03:12
steve eaton
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I think it should have a JBL D-130-F in it. Well worth $200 if that is what
Fender is willing to sell you, but I sincerely doubt that it is.

The JBl is an important part of the sound of that beast.
Put a JBL back in it and watch for a line of steel players form
wanting to buy that ****er.

The D130-F hasn't been made for a while. But they are out there.
A decent recone job should be about $120 if you can find an old junked one.
Of course they will likely recone it to K130.

Otherwise a K-130 would sound pretty close.
If you can find one of those.

as a last resort, compare specs, you want 101db at 1w,50hz-6000hz.......125w
but I doubt that anything but the original D130-F will really sound the
same.

Or, as usual, call Ted Weber and have one spec'ed.
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7 2nd June 03:12
steve eaton
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I think it should have a JBL D-130-F in it. Well worth $200 if that is what
Fender is willing to sell you, but I sincerely doubt that it is.

The JBl is an important part of the sound of that beast.
Put a JBL back in it and watch for a line of steel players form
wanting to buy that ****er.

The D130-F hasn't been made for a while. But they are out there.
A decent recone job should be about $120 if you can find an old junked one.
Of course they will likely recone it to K130.

Otherwise a K-130 would sound pretty close.
If you can find one of those.

as a last resort, compare specs, you want 101db at 1w,50hz-6000hz.......125w
but I doubt that anything but the original D130-F will really sound the
same.

Or, as usual, call Ted Weber and have one spec'ed.
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