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69 posts
Sep 21, 2022
7:36 AM
Hello all,

Looking for a quick/easy way to power an old organ cabinet with a beautiful 1959 jensen 12". That is, are their any quick plug and play pedal like options out there?


407 posts
Sep 21, 2022
12:32 PM
Sounds like you need an amp head.
For example:
2326 posts
Sep 22, 2022
2:17 PM
The speaker impedance and wattage makes a difference. I like the EHX 44 Magnum class D pedal/amp. It works with 8 and 16 ohm speakers. I use 50 watt or higher speakers so I don't risk blowing it.

Doug S.

Last Edited by dougharps on Sep 22, 2022 2:21 PM
70 posts
Oct 17, 2022
4:13 PM
Thanks for your feedback. No pun intended. I picked up a used Quilter Micro Block 45. Using it with an American Sound Joyo pedal. I'm getting very serviceable tone for very little $$ considering the speaker cab was free to me. Pleasantly surprised!

This came to be after putting a Masco MA25 project on hold. Got it for next to nothing, put some money in it. Discovered It's a feedback monster and has now developed a hum. Stepping away for the moment but still want to use the speaker as it has some serious mojo. Live and learn, I suppose.
2332 posts
Oct 18, 2022
7:20 AM
Sounds like you have a good sounding inexpensive amp setup that will do the job!

I have read good reviews of the Quilter Microblock 45. It wasn't out yet at the time I bought the 44 Magnum, and the EHX amp does a fine job for me. The Joyo American Sound is a good pedal, too! Your setup should get the job done.

Though I love the sound of tube amps, at a Hill Country Harmonica Billy Branch played through a solid state Peavey and sounded great.

Tube amps are my preference for gigs, but are more prone to trouble when hauled around. The right solid state amp properly adjusted is a viable choice.

Doug S.
1 post
Nov 13, 2022
10:54 PM
I'm canned spam!

Last Edited by nacoran on Nov 14, 2022 5:01 PM

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