Vox AC30c2 opinions

Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby Lustémorde » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:41 am

I have read some bad things about this model compared to the cc2, mainly the change to the rectifier to improve it's reliability and tube quality but the they come standard with Greenbacks instead of Wharfedales, so I'm leaning towards the c2.

Of course the Hand wired series sounds better but it is out of my price range.

Any suggestions or should i try and pick up an older HW. To be honest I was quite impressed with the c2 and it's many features.

PS I like the blue speakers(x series) but the Greenbacks sound pretty good. I want this amp to do everything else that my AFD100 can't do. Any suggestions appreciated.

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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby Lustémorde » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:34 am

hmmmm......?
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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby ClassicGain » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:18 pm

I have the CC2 with the Wharfedales.

There are a couple of differences between the CC2 and the C2.

The C2 cab is NOT plywood like on the CC2. At first, you might think, no biggie, but in the long run, parcticle board can crumble and if wet/humid, can expand and weaken. Its just not a good choice for an 80lbs amp, unless you will only be using it in your living room. The particle board cab is the biggest drawback to me. I have changed many back panels on older 4x12 cabs because the corners were severely damaged and when I replace them with a nice birch ply panel, they come to life it seems.

The toggle switches are plastic on the C2, metal on CC2.

SS Rectifier on C2. Some say its for reliability, but again, this is a cost thing. I've never had issues with the rectifier on my CC2 (but I don't use the standby feature). To a lot of Vox owners, the tube rectification is part of the cranked Vox sound & feel.

The C2 has slightly less features than the CC2, features like the "low bias" switch.

The Wharfedales are a very good speaker IMO. I didn't like them at first but once broken in, they really sound good. Give them some time and they'll be fine. Also, you could just upgrade the CC2 speakers in the long run. Mounting the speakers on particle board (C2) vs void free ply will also make a difference in tone.

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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby Moose Lewis » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:33 pm

Wow! Didn't know you were Voxy like that ClassicGain. I was lookin' to see if TWIN had checked in on this one, lol.
... nice info! ;)
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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby ClassicGain » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:42 pm

I'm surprised that Twin didn't see this one yet too LOL!

The CC2 is a nice amp and I always get good tone out of it live. Last show I did, the backline was a Fender Twin and no one was supposed to bring an amp, but I thought f**k it. I'm bringing the Vox. The sound guy moved the mic from the Twin to the Vox and the sound was glorious. I received many compliments.

The CC2 can actually be modded, fairly easily to the old 60's specs and you'd be hard pressed to hear the difference between the two. The mods were refined by Lyle Calwell. They're documented somewhere and Twin did them on his Vox. Mine is stock except for a treble bleed cap I removed.

I'll try to find the mods on the amp and you're interested.
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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby Majornut1967 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:25 pm

Bloody Brilliant! JJ you are a plethora amp info! Now un-swell your head. :D :D :P :P
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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby Lustémorde » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:57 am

thanks for the info I will be using this one at home, I jam with my Marshall but i think im gonna go with the cc2, i dont really want a particle board amp

yes i would be very interested to hear about the mods to this amp

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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby ClassicGain » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:58 am

Twin, on this board, actually did all the lyle calwell mods. he should chime in here.
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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby TwinACStacks » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:59 am

:D Hey Guys sorry I'm slow but I'm in the process of Moving. Let me find the Documentation and I will post the Mods shortly.

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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby ClassicGain » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:43 pm

Great info, Twin! You know.... I actually think that I'm going to do some of these mods on my CC2, especially the plate resistors.
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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby demonufo » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:55 pm

There's 'sticky' material right there. Perhaps a re-post to clean it up?

What say you, CG?
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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby Majornut1967 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:22 pm

What is this Vox TV! LOL
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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby ClassicGain » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:41 am

demonufo wrote:There's 'sticky' material right there. Perhaps a re-post to clean it up?

What say you, CG?


Great idea! Its done!

All of Twin's post can be found here:
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=183
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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby TwinACStacks » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:32 am

What is this Vox TV! LOL

:D You are just jealous because Ritchie used one on MachineHead instead of a Major. Yeah, I said it. Smoke on the Water is through an AC30.

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Re: Vox AC30c2 opinions

Unread postby chuckharmonjr » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:46 am

Tell ya what...Ive got a lil 30 watt Vox combo and I love the damned thing...just a 1x10...but it kicks some major ass and sounds GREAT...its become my go-to small jam/small venue amp.
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