As the only 10 in the Red Coat group, the Ramrod ($65 retail/$55 street) flaunts a unique British-made cone that’s reinforced with eight ribs that span its entire surface. The surround is lightly doped and the dust cap is fabric. Like the Patriot’s Ragin’ Cajun, the Ramrod uses a 1½" voice coil, a 30-ounce ceramic magnet, and is rated for 75 watts RMS. The Ramrod’s aggressive British voicing excels with high-gain tones. A great choice for a mini stack or combo, it has a slight bump in the bass, balanced mids, and several presence peaks in the 2-3kHz range. Its low-end is deep and thick, with plenty of percussive slam for chugging metal chords, and its midrange growls and crunches with wicked authority. It also has just enough treble bite to shred through the densest textures without sounding spikey, harsh, or brittle. The Ramrod lives for high-gain, and it hangs tough at higher volume levels. If you’re craving a stout-hearted 10 that was born to rock, you’ll dig this speaker. (Available in 8O only; 6.25 lbs.)
The 12" Red Fang ($140 retail/$130 street) uses the same eight-ribbed British-made cone as the Private Jack, but with a more lightly doped surround. It also has a British-style hemispherical dust cap over its 1¾" voice coil, which is wound on a heat-resistant Nomex former. Among the Patriot and Red Coat speakers, The Red Fang is the only one to sport an alnico magnet—and it’s a hefty 35 ouncer. Be careful with the power, however, as the Red Fang is only rated for 30 watts RMS. The Red Fang’s frequency response has a slight bump in the bass with a gradual rise to 800Hz. It has a moderately deep notch at 1.5kHz followed by treble peaks at around 2.2kHz and 3.3kHz. Compared to a Celestion Blue, the Red Fang sounds a bit stronger in the mids and a little more solid in the low end. The Red Fang also sounds smoother with distortion, but its top isn’t quite as extended or as complex as the Blue’s. The Red Fang is a tempting alternative for those seeking a slightly more robust British-style alnico sound. (Available in 8O or 16O; 9 lbs.)
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