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  • New Avatar Contemporary 1x12 Cabinet Review (Blackstar & Egnater Content)

    I received my Avatar Contemporary 1x12 Closed Back Cabinet with a Hellatone 30 speaker (Broken in Celestion G12H30) on Tuesday 2/10/09.

    After using it for the last 3 days with my Blackstar HT5 Head and Egnater Rebel 20 Head and comparing it to my Egnater Rebel 1x12 cabinet I can honestly say....

    This cabinet is GREAT!

    First off, the Egnater Rebel Front Ported and closed back cabinet loaded with a 1x12 Celestion Elite 80 (very similar to their Classic Lead 80) is no slouch, but the Avatar cabinet just sounds so much brighter and airy, but still with great low end punch. The Avatar cab is also so articulate.
    After playing through the Avatar, the Egnater sounds a bit muffled in comparison, like it is under a blanket.
    Don't get me wrong, I have been going back and forth between both cabs and both heads for three days now and I am still not 100% sure about ditching the Rgnater cab, but I am sure the Avatar cab is better.

    I spoke to the guy at GC I bought my Egnater Rebel Head and cab from, and he said if I was not totally happy with the Egnater cab after hearing the Avatar I could return it even after the 30 day period

    I think I am going to take him up on that offer.
    He sold me the cabinet for $225, a great deal, but for an extra $53 I can order another Avatar cabinet and eith er load it with another Hellatone 30 or a Greenback.

    I am leaning towards a smaller Avatar Traditional Cube 1x12 Closed Back with a Greenback rated at 25w. It is 17x17x15 compared to my Contemporary which is 22x18x12.

    My Rebel cab is 18x15x12.

    As for the Heads, Egnater Rebel vs Blackstar HT5, they are both GREAT.
    I would like to tell you that the $299 Blackstar is worthy of making me return my $599 Egnater Rebel, but I can't.

    The Egnater has much better cleans with much more headroom and it really kicks azz and IMO sounds more authentic for that typical AC/DC and KISS crunch type gain. I like the Egnater much better for Chord Work.
    Also, the Tube switching from 6v6 to EL84 is better than that of the Blackstar.

    The Blackstar has MORE Gain and great gain at that. Very responsive and I like it better for High Gain leads.
    It is also a true Two Channel amp, but has limited clean headroom.

    If I only could afford the Blackstar I would not be unhappy, but having both amps is NICE

    Well that is my review and I am sticking to it...... for now.

    Howard
    Guitars
    Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro Goldtop
    Gibson Les Paul R7 Goldtop
    Fender 60th Anniversary Edition Tele
    2012 Fender American Standard Strat Siennaburst

    Amps
    Egnater Tweaker 40 Head
    Jet City JCA22H

  • #2
    pics!!!!
    Gibson Les Paul Custom '68 ReissueA few pedalsSplawn NitroMesa/Boogie 2x12Good transactions w/: Mizati20, SiCKboy78, BionicMark, MRAAJR, ::fred::

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    • #3
      What is it with pics?

      They look like all the other ones.

      Well actually, the Avatar Contemporary cabinet is different, I went Black Tolex, Wheat Grille, and white piping.

      I'll have to figure out which of my kids stole my Digitial camera and post up some pics.
      Guitars
      Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro Goldtop
      Gibson Les Paul R7 Goldtop
      Fender 60th Anniversary Edition Tele
      2012 Fender American Standard Strat Siennaburst

      Amps
      Egnater Tweaker 40 Head
      Jet City JCA22H

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      • #4
        you asked for it...


        pics or it's a bugera
        Gibson Les Paul Custom '68 ReissueA few pedalsSplawn NitroMesa/Boogie 2x12Good transactions w/: Mizati20, SiCKboy78, BionicMark, MRAAJR, ::fred::

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        • #5
          you asked for it...


          pics or it's a bugera


          Guitars
          Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro Goldtop
          Gibson Les Paul R7 Goldtop
          Fender 60th Anniversary Edition Tele
          2012 Fender American Standard Strat Siennaburst

          Amps
          Egnater Tweaker 40 Head
          Jet City JCA22H

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          • #6
            i am sorely tempted by the rebel 20...

            i'm thinking of using one on top of my avatar contemporary 1x12, too. i threw an eminence wizard in mine, and so far i'm digging it!
            2000 USA Wolfgang Special
            2004 Parker Nitefly M
            2005 American Series Strat
            2010 Epiphone LP 2010 Tribute

            lots of dirt pedals...

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            • #7
              My buddy is considering a Avatar vintage or Avatar contemporary cab for his Peavey classic 30. Sounds like the contemporary may be the way to go.
              Formerly blackba

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              • #8
                My buddy is considering a Avatar vintage or Avatar contemporary cab for his Peavey classic 30. Sounds like the contemporary may be the way to go.


                that's basically what i did. i wanted it to use with other amps, as well, but it's primarily for my C30.

                honestly, it enhances the amp in every way. i'm loving the thing.
                2000 USA Wolfgang Special
                2004 Parker Nitefly M
                2005 American Series Strat
                2010 Epiphone LP 2010 Tribute

                lots of dirt pedals...

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                • #9
                  My buddy is considering a Avatar vintage or Avatar contemporary cab for his Peavey classic 30. Sounds like the contemporary may be the way to go.


                  According to Dave at Avatar, both cabs will sound the same as long as they are configured the same.
                  Looks are the only difference.

                  BTW, PICS will be up shortly!
                  Guitars
                  Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro Goldtop
                  Gibson Les Paul R7 Goldtop
                  Fender 60th Anniversary Edition Tele
                  2012 Fender American Standard Strat Siennaburst

                  Amps
                  Egnater Tweaker 40 Head
                  Jet City JCA22H

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Avatar makes a strong cabinet.



                    According to Dave at Avatar, both cabs will sound the same as long as they are configured the same.
                    Looks are the only difference.

                    BTW, PICS will be up shortly!


                    Did you happen to ask how the wide vintage 112 compares to the regular vintage 112?
                    Formerly blackba

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                    • #11








                      Not musical, but it sure is pretty ain't it?
                      Guitars
                      Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro Goldtop
                      Gibson Les Paul R7 Goldtop
                      Fender 60th Anniversary Edition Tele
                      2012 Fender American Standard Strat Siennaburst

                      Amps
                      Egnater Tweaker 40 Head
                      Jet City JCA22H

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Did you happen to ask how the wide vintage 112 compares to the regular vintage 112?


                        I actually asked him how the Cube traditional compares to the wide tradional and he said it would be similar.

                        I think the wide cabinet is mainly for accomodating larger heads to fit on top of it.

                        Howard
                        Guitars
                        Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro Goldtop
                        Gibson Les Paul R7 Goldtop
                        Fender 60th Anniversary Edition Tele
                        2012 Fender American Standard Strat Siennaburst

                        Amps
                        Egnater Tweaker 40 Head
                        Jet City JCA22H

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                        • #13
                          CHALLENGER!!!!!

                          stick or auto??? nice R/T there, man...

                          and that blackstar looks right at home on that cab. sweet.
                          2000 USA Wolfgang Special
                          2004 Parker Nitefly M
                          2005 American Series Strat
                          2010 Epiphone LP 2010 Tribute

                          lots of dirt pedals...

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                          • #14
                            CHALLENGER!!!!!

                            stick or auto??? nice R/T there, man...

                            and that blackstar looks right at home on that cab. sweet.


                            Automatic, I blew my back out and had to get rid of my manual tranny 2007 Z06 and 2007 911 Targa 4.

                            I ended up with a 2008 Mercedes C63 AMG, fast car, but not as sexy as the Challenger and twice the price, so I traded it for the Challenger.

                            The Blackstar does look good up there.
                            Guitars
                            Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro Goldtop
                            Gibson Les Paul R7 Goldtop
                            Fender 60th Anniversary Edition Tele
                            2012 Fender American Standard Strat Siennaburst

                            Amps
                            Egnater Tweaker 40 Head
                            Jet City JCA22H

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                            • #15
                              Nice ride man. To bad it's an auto
                              Gibson Les Paul Custom '68 ReissueA few pedalsSplawn NitroMesa/Boogie 2x12Good transactions w/: Mizati20, SiCKboy78, BionicMark, MRAAJR, ::fred::

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