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Old 21st May 2013, 11:14 AM   #11
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Btw, did you note that Ray Manzarek passed away yesterdays?

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Old 22nd May 2013, 01:44 AM   #12
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Kustom, Sunn and VOX also made "guitar" amps with horns. Most were disconnected by the people that used them. Sometimes keyboard players would use the horn if they wanted a clean high end. The big advantage those Acoustic amps had at the time was that you could have one preamp feeding many powered speaker cabinets.
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Old 22nd May 2013, 03:02 AM   #13
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I thought Robby used a twin?
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Old 22nd May 2013, 05:41 PM   #14
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Well, the transistorized US-made VOX amps we saw here had horns. They were nothing like the real British amps. Our Super Beatle, for instance, had 6 12'S and two horns.

A lot of bass speakers still come with horns, usually also with a long-time-constant compressor consisting of a light bulb in series, and a really crappy crossover consisting of a cap in series (or a piezo horn). Again, they are usually turned off.

In college I worked for a band that had a rhythm player who played a strat thru a clean twin with Jensens and 8 piezo tweeters. The crystal-clear highs were astounding. It actually sounded surprizingly good for that particular kind of chucka-chucka rhythm work country rock, definitely claiming its own sonic space against a les paul lead.
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Old 22nd May 2013, 06:20 PM   #15
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Indeed!
Peavey brought out a (front-of house) speaker similar to this: -

It had 2x12" in a wave-guide, 2x P.A. Horns on top and 2 horn tweeters just below the mid-horns.

Now that I think about it I've seen a set of Yamaha's with the same configuration.

E.V. were, of course, very into their "All-Horn" designs at one stage - Such as the "Eliminator" and "Dominator" (Tremendous speakers for their time)

Aah! the memories!
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Old 24th May 2013, 07:22 PM   #16
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Default Acoustic amps

I saw(heard) Jaco play with a folded horn Acoustic cab ,and yes it sounded good, but it still had that lack of distinction that folded horn cabs have when used alone. He was somthing else!
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Old 4th June 2013, 05:10 AM   #17
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The 360 was even used at Woodstock by Santana's bass man. I think every bass player in the world wanted one after the movie came out. :-)
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Old 22nd July 2013, 05:35 PM   #18
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The Acoustic 360 was the first really murderous bass amp, with Sixties transistors, 3-ohm speakers, and a horn bin that shot the bass forward like an 12-gauge.

The Santana guy must have really liked that amp, what with the Ampeg truck parked behind the stage the whole time. But for outdoors, yeah, I could see that.
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Old 4th August 2013, 12:46 AM   #19
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The California bands of the late 60s--pro and aiming to be--were big Acoustic amp users. I lived in Socal then concerts were loud. Beamy too. Many of those Acoustic and Kustom heads still work. Both companies used good speakers too.
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Old 4th August 2013, 06:14 AM   #20
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I saw(heard) Jaco play with a folded horn Acoustic cab ,and yes it sounded good, but it still had that lack of distinction that folded horn cabs have when used alone. He was somthing else!
Yeah I don't know how Jaco sounded so good thru those Acoustic amps. Later I saw him thru dual 8X10 bottoms; much better. Shame he died so young.
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