Vintage 30: A Tonal History

Since its inception in 1986, the Vintage 30 has grown to become one of Celestion's most popular and well-loved guitar speakers.

June 12, 2012

In creating the Vintage 30, we said in 1986, Celestion has re-established the standard by which all other guitar speakers are judged. Big talk back then for a brand new product, but still going strong more than 30 years later and with way more than a million sold, who could possibly argue?

In developing the Vintage 30, Celestion made pioneering use of Laser Doppler Interferometry to analyse the cone behaviour of an original Celestion Blue. We could then form a precise model of the vintage speaker's characteristics and apply it to a speaker design using new materials for greater power handling.

It was found that Celestion's H magnet came closest in performance to Alnico. This was partnered with a new cone and new coil assembly employing modern materials with similar mass and physical properties to the originals, but better able to handle the extra heat generated through operating with higher power equipment.

Seemingly twice as loud as anything else at the same power level, the Vintage 30 handles massive overdrive sounds with ease. Tight bass, fat mids and a smooth, harmonically rich top end have made the Vintage 30 an excellent 4 x 12 loudspeaker. Of course, its also suitable for any other cab!

Straight out of the archive, the attached document: Vintage 30 By Celestion,  talks about the development of this iconic loudspeaker and its reason for being.
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