The 10" Copperhead ($60 retail/$50 street) features a lightweight seamed cone with five ribs, an un-doped surround, and a moderately stiff suspension. A porous fabric dome covers the 1½" voice coil, and the ceramic magnet weighs 20 ounces (all of the other 10s reviewed here have 30-ounce magnets). The Copperhead is rated for an impressive 75 watts RMS. The Copperhead’s frequency response is very evenly balanced, with just a slight rise in the treble region. It has an enticingly rich vintage flavor: the low-end is full, firm, and finely detailed, and the midrange is solid yet nicely complex. The top-end rings with a tasteful jangle (although it’s not quite as bright as some original Jensens or Jensen replicas), and it responds to subtle pick inflections with a lively dynamic feel. Equally well suited for clean or overdriven tones, the Copperhead is a good choice for open-back 2x10 or 4x10 combos and cabinets. Its voice complements the fullness and warmth of 6L6s, as well as the complexity and chime of EL84s. The Copperhead is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a vintage-voiced 10 that sounds great in a variety of situations. (Available in 8O only; 4.5 lbs.)
Originally developed for Cajun bluesman Tab Benoit, the 10" Delta Demon ($65 retail/$55 street) uses the same vintage-style #451052 seamed cone as the Copperhead. However, to increase power handling and durability, it has a more robust 2" diameter voice coil and a vented back plate. Instead of a porous dust cap like the Copperhead’s, the Delta Demon is fitted with a small diameter hard paper cap that’s glued directly to the protruding voice coil former. This tough little devil sports a beefy 30-ounce ceramic magnet, and it’s rated for an astonishing 100 watts RMS. The Delta Demon sounds exceptionally deep and full for a 10. The high-end response begins to fall at 1kHz, so it’s much darker sounding than the Copperhead. Its plump low-mid fatness adds body to chunky chords, and imparts a smooth thickness to single-note lines. The Delta Demon holds together admirably well at high volume levels, and it absolutely thrives on high-gain distortion. It’s a great choice if you’re looking to beef-up your 1x10 combo or tame some bright single-coil pickups. (Available in 8O only; 6.5 lbs.)
The 10" Ragin’ Cajun ($65 retail/$55 street) has a seamless, non-ribbed cone that’s thicker and heavier than the lightweight seamed cone found on the Copperhead and Delta Demon. It has a rather large 3¾" diameter dust cap, and its surround is lightly doped. Other specs include a 1½" voice coil, a 30-ounce ceramic magnet, and a 75 watts RMS rating.
The Ragin’ Cajun has a nicely balanced frequency response from the lower bass through the upper midrange, with a gradual rise in the treble region that peaks sharply at 3kHz. Compared to the more vintage-flavored Copperhead, the Ragin’ Cajun’s low-end is a bit leaner with more twangy detail, and its midrange has a more forceful punch. The Ragin’ Cajun’s narrower treble emphasis gives it less complexity and shimmer on top, while its midrange conveys a bolder and more assertive kerrang. The Ragin’ Cajun is a great choice if you’re looking for a versatile speaker that works equally well with both overdriven and clean tones, yet still sounds rooted in the vintage tradition. (Available in 8O only; 6.25 lbs.)
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