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Over the course of my career, I've played several different Vox AC30 amps; a C2, an AC30HW(for studio sessions), and various other models on road gigs.

Recently, I had the opportunity to buy an AC30CC2 from a student. The CC2 was made between 2005 and 2010 before the newer AC30C2 came out. There are a number of differences. the CC2 has a tube rectifier, along with a smoothing switch and a bias switch to vary the wattage.  There is also an input link to blend the Top Boost and Normal channels.The biggest difference its in the speakers. The Alnico Blue 15 watt speakers are to my ear, the most sonorous speakers I've ever played through. One would think that because of the lower power rating that they would break up quickly. But this isn't the case at all. Even though I like the Celestion 25 watt Greenbacks a lot, they don't seem to have the same projection as the Blues. And they fit everything I do musically.

The AC30 has a sound like breathing. It's like a really good black and white camera, that requires one to learn how to play the amp. It fits virtually every contemporary and classic guitar sound, sits in a band mix perfectly, and takes pedals very well. Two jazz guitarists who I listen to, John Scofield and Wolfgang Muthspiel, play an AC30. The amp has a history that goes back to Jeff Beck and the Rolling Stones, Hank Marvin, the Beatles, and many others going forward to modern country players like Brad Paisley. 

Randy Smith, the founder of Mesa Boogie amps, commented once on it's remarkable versatility from a very simple circuit.

I'm really thrilled that I get to play this amp.

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