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The Acoustic Club

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by The Owl, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Count Bassie

    Count Bassie Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    Smithfield, RI
    I remember seeing these. Didn't they have a backlit front panel?
  2. ghostinthemach

    ghostinthemach Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Brea CA
    I’m thinking that question is for me (sorry if I’m mistaken lol)

    Later that day I ran the 402 with the following heads in a fairly low volume comparison with a few basses.

    120 head: sounded good, I’ll say, thought the 120 seems to benefit from a more substantial partner like the 406w to augment a light bottom end.

    Peavey VB-2: 200 watt tuber. This sounded great. Suddenly the bottom was full and there is an amazing amount of flexibility with this particular combo. One of those rare situations where almost any setting is still useful. Very nice.

    330 Head: Now we’re talkin’. This combo makes me re-think how big is too big for a few more rooms that I routinely work.
    Egads the tone AND flexibility. Power seems no issue even though these were low-volume assessments.

    The EV Force speakers sound excellent to my spoiled-by-vintage-original-white dome Eminence ears.
    The specs and reviews place their behavior very close to the factory originals.
    http://usspeaker.com/ev force15-1.htm
    88A7ED07-EBAE-4C17-8F91-59FEA6A3F534. 5FBC3722-1C77-4FB7-9F5D-3E512B983360. DA43EE04-2152-4D6D-89F0-B5C644205DE4.
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  3. StingRay85


    Dec 18, 2011
    Nice man. That 120, did it came standard with the black eq plate or was it modified?

    I decided to part ways with my 126 combo by the way, will trade it with a SWR 350X that I will end up selling probably sooner than later. Need to prepare myself for a 320, 330, 370 popping up, still regret not going for the 320 when I had the chance. When having a 220 and 406 in the garage, the 126 has not been used since
  4. ghostinthemach

    ghostinthemach Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Brea CA
    It came that way. I’ve seen 1 or 2 others that way.
    Found on GC used in excellent cosmetic and operational condition for $120.
  5. BassLife77


    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
    yes the Acoustic logo lights up in the front. It fades on and off. I was surprised the LED still worked
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  6. StingRay85


    Dec 18, 2011
    Anyone knows if the 15 inch speaker in the 126 combo is 8 or 4 ohms?
  7. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Seeing that the 126 Combo is 100 watts, I would suspect that the speaker is 8 ohms. Unfortunately, the Acoustic product brochure that I own doesn't specify what the Ohms rating is.

  8. JacklegBass


    Jul 4, 2004
    From the notes I've taken, I'm pretty sure both the 126 and the 136 before that used the same 4-ohm 15" driver, Acoustic house number 130024.
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  9. ghostinthemach

    ghostinthemach Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Brea CA
    It’s 4 ohms to allow the 120 amp to produce its full 125 4ohm rated wattage.
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  10. StingRay85


    Dec 18, 2011
    Thanks for the swift reply. Unfortuntaly I noticed the cone of my 126 driver is ripped on the bottom, and produces an awful noise when the E is hit at too high volume. I have two original square magnet 8 ohm drivers but this means they are not correct. Damn what to do now
  11. ghostinthemach

    ghostinthemach Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Brea CA
    This is what I would probably do:


    It’s a fairly close match.
    Of course that would be after looking into reconning the original, if I have it.
    Some speaker guys can recone with period accuracy.
    Last edited: May 29, 2018
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  12. StingRay85


    Dec 18, 2011
    Indeed the Legend CA154 could be the solution. I have no clue on a good reconing specialist, maybe worth to check as I have two other square magnet 15"s lying around
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  13. takeout

    takeout Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Kansas City area
    Looking to load my empty 406 - should I aim for a 2ohm total to get the most out of my 370?
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  14. ghostinthemach

    ghostinthemach Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Brea CA
    Not sure if working your 370 to its max potential is a better long term plan than simply matching the wattage and very important sensitivity rating as the lower power handling drivers often rival total volume output of heftier woofers due to higher sensitivity or volume per watt. More conservative 4 ohm rated operation (275 watts vs 375 @ 2) with properly matched sensitivity ratings will yield great yet sustainable results long term. That was a major part of ACC’s strategy and resultant high volume reputation.
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  15. StingRay85


    Dec 18, 2011
    I have found a CA154, for about half the new price, and also got an offer to buy a JBL E140 8 ohm speaker for about the same price (50€ without transport). Maybe the JBL would really be the perfect match with the horn of the 126, even if it means I need to sacrife power of the 120 by running at 8 ohms. Any ideas, besides buying both? :)
  16. ghostinthemach

    ghostinthemach Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Brea CA
    Personally all my ACC gear closet runs at 4 ohms. All my cabs are 4, so unless I stack 2 cabs, which there’s no need for it’s 4.
    I’d be afraid to “commit” to running at 8 “permanently” w/o being able to test first. So trying the JBL makes sense to me tonally, not so much efficiency-wise.

    Another way I would evaluate is output vs weight. Any time I can increase output safely w/o weight increase I choose that option. 8 ohm operation with ACC gear (which was planned to run at 4 primarily-2 secondarily) is counter-efficient because the weight can’t easily be changed, but ohmage can.

    My optimum setup would be to find a 4 ohm woofer with at least 150 watt and 97-100 DB sensitivity rating.

    EV Force 15” nails those and has very good high frequency repro as well. Those are traits to make the 126 as efficient a tone machine as was possible in that size in the 70’s.

    The more parameters you compromise on the less satisfying it becomes to move and therefore use. Unless your plan is studio use, that is.
    Last edited: May 30, 2018
  17. Roxbororob

    Roxbororob Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2015
    Time for a NOS video. All this gear chit chat is great but...
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  18. ghostinthemach

    ghostinthemach Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Brea CA
    Great stuff. James Gang played Michigan State Fair that summer ‘70 or ‘71 (in Detroit) and I could swear they were using the exact same gear when I saw them.
    I was just getting started and paying close attention to any acts I could. They definitely stood out.
  19. StingRay85


    Dec 18, 2011
    Scored me a Legend CA154 to load the 126. Oh yes and picked up a 125 on the way.
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  20. StingRay85


    Dec 18, 2011
    That 154 is a match made in tone heaven

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