Apologies in advance, this is a long post. There are quite a few questions and I thought it was better than starting several seperate threads.
I picked up my old Peavey Mace VT head and Laney 4X10 cab from my brother's house last week. I have had them both for 22 years, and to be honest haven't played them in anger much in the last 10. I don't really know a thing about valve amps or cabinets, but there are some things I noticed that I could use some advice on.
After giving them both a good clean I opened up the cab to check everything. I found three Fane Speakers and a Celestion G10S
Only three of the speakers are wired in, which is how it must have been since I got it. The cab works, but it has never sounded amazing; this is probably why.
So the first question is, has anyone got any idea about these Fane speakers? Are they worth keeping etc etc. I have become a little bit suspicious that this might be originally a bass cab rather than a guitar unit (although the inclusion of the celestion suggests not). I can't really find any info on it to be honest, but it must be mid '80s.
The cab is in good condition and is very solid, so it is obviously worth keeping. It is completely closed back, so I suspect it has a very tight bottom end, which is what I like. Doing some research I suspect that a set of Celestion V30 will suit my requirements, although I do love Soldano amps and cabs, so I was thinking maybe some eminence speakers of some description. Maybe a mix of both? Wiring in parallel or series? Any thoughts on, or experience of those ideas?
The amp itself is a bit trickier. The functionality is good and everything works, including the footswitch. It has some good channel switching options, and a reverb and phaser, all of which fire up well. The clean sound is OK, but the preamp distortion is pretty crappy. I tried running a few things in and I think there is a way forward here, but it will need tweaking (that is definately for a different thread). There is some idle hum, which is loud but I suspect normal.
The main issue I noticed with this is that the middle 2 power valves are not lighting up, and to be honest it didn't seem quite as loud as I remember.
Does that mean they are bust?
Bearing in mind that I don't care about the ultimate volume, could I remove the two duds from the middle and replace with the 2 from the outside, or even just run with 1 pair of valves? Actually having less volume would be good as this thing is seriously loud when cranked.
I think that these are the original tubes and I read somewhere that Mike Soldano likes these particular models. I don't want to swap them all unless I really have to, but how would I know whether they need replacing or not?
Anyway, thanks for reading and any help is appreciated.