There are different reasons for an "upgrade":
- Wanting to get "that sound" you've got stuck in your head; that your current amp/speaker isn't delivering
- One speaker just being better than another on some more measurable basis
Meron the Creamback is a very different sound to the Vintage 30, not better or worse, just different. It is also way less than 5K, more like 3. Alnico Cream is just over 5K
The gent being quoted is definitely hunting for a particular sound in his head that is closer to the Vintage 30 than to the Alnico Cream he just bought.
At one stage I had a BlackStar HT5 which was good for me - but not great.
A fellow forumite had a Fender SuperChamp XD which was good for him - but not great.
We did a straight swap - and both got much happier.
It's about the sound you're looking for.
I have very limited experience & only know what I like & don't like:
- before I sold my Laney Cub 10 I replaced the stock speaker with a 2nd hand Celestion vintage something.
Massive difference - a speaker can make a very big difference to the sound of a system.
- recently built a little amp based on the LM386 IC / "Ruby" amp.
When played through a small portable radio speaker it has one sound. Small. Heavily over-driven.
On a whim I hooked it up to a 50 year old speaker from my Valve amp labelled "Fender Musical Instruments | Special Design Speaker".
Holy moly - it sounded unbelievably fabulous.
A speaker makes a massive difference to the sound of a system !!!
In this case, size does matter.
- After re-listening to my valve amp with above speaker, was suddenly conscious that the bass notes were soft & flabby.
I thought I'd broken it by using it with my homebrew amp. With hindsight though I think I've just become more aware of sound after playing with amp builds.
Fabulous Graham from Gear Junkie trialed me a 12" speaker he'd pulled out of a dead Marshall Valvestate.
Which sounds amazingly fresh, new & tight - highlighting that my "Fender Special Speaker Design" is probably a bit tired after 50 years and needs some maintenance.
- So far I've preferred all 12" speakers to 10". I just like the "feel". It hits you in the chest harder & I like that feeling.
I have no experience of 2x10 compared to 1x12. Something to try.
I'm a fan of the laney 2x12 cub cab and that comes with a a pair of Seventy 80's. Nice size and it sounded pretty good when we tried : laney cub 12 head, the Micro Terror and a homemade 2w transistor head.
Indeed. That was a big day.
That experience triggered the build of the LM386 amp.
And the quest for a stand-alone cab.