Vox AC30 C2 vs CC2?

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  1. AJBaker

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    The title pretty much says it all. The current C2 model and the older CC2 model both turn up second hand at good prices, though around here the CC2 seems to sell for less.

    Are there any strong reasons to prefer one over the other?

    The older CC2 seems to have a rectifier tube and ply cabinet, but the newer C2 has greenback speakers. The circuit also seems slightly different, but I could say in what way.
     
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    i have the cc2x with the blue alnicos.
    its a really good amp, but there is a design flaw concerning the standby. bottom line.....dont use the standby and everything will be fine.
    i like the features on the cc2, such as the ability to switch between 22 and 33 watts (the vox ac30 is not 30 watts) and a few switches up top and on the back that change the tonal characteristics.
    the only other con besides the standby is the fact that its a real pita to change tubes.
    over all, its a really great amp and the fact that i still have it since i bought it in 2010 should say something.
     
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    I have 2 modified AC30CC2's. I absolutely love them. I put Celestion alnico's in both but to be fair, the Wharfedale speakers that were stock are decent regardless of what you read.

    The main differences between the 2 are the stock speakers, rectifier and cabinet material. The valves on the C2 are easier to change but they are mounted to a pcb which I don't particularly like with output/power valves. They get hot!

    The only circuit difference I think you might hear are the V1 plate resistors. The CC2 uses a pair of 100k resistors, the C2 uses a 100k and a 220k. The vintage amps used 2x 220k resistors for the job. I guess the C2 strikes the balance between the 2!

    As has already been said, the CC2 has a lot of options on it and is a very versatile amp, I wouldn't swap either of mine for anything now. The C2 is possibly every bit as good, I can't really comment on how they sound. I'm sure either will get you where you want to go though :thumb:
     
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    The CC2 also has a plywood cab instead of the C2's MDF, which is a deal breaker for me.
    And as Helter said, CC2 don't use the standby switch.

    I upgraded to the AC30HW2 and it doesn't even come with a standby switch.

    I also prefer a tube rectifier, another point for the CC2.
     
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    I wonder which one I have? Is there an easy way to tell?
     
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    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris Silver Member

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    take a pic of the control panel and post it.
     
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    It doesn’t like my photo!
     
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    ok, thats not a cc. its the newest model.
     
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    What is mine called?
     
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    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris Silver Member

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    if it has greenbacks, its called the ac30c2.
    if it has blue alnicos, you would call it the ac30c2x.
     
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    AC30c2x it is then.
    Thanks!!
     
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    Id go for the newer one.

    It doesn't have the design flaws of the old one that made it putter out and they sound pretty awesome.


    Also does not have the tubes directly attached to the main PCB like the older iteration.


    Pretty dope how you have four channels as well and one can jumper the channels for a wide variety of tones not possible with the older one.





    Gopher the new one, its the better option without a doubt out of the two IMO.
     
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    Look at the back panel, it probably says something like AC30C2
     
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    I would but it’s sandwiched in between other amps and they’re way to heavy for my one legged body to be moving.