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Bell Speaker Opinions

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A local guy on craigslist has these for sale asking $200. They look pretty cool. I emailed him and he says they are 12'' 25 watt 16 0hm. Seems like they might make a good pair @ 8 ohms for a guitar amp. I think they're Jenson, old ones obviously. Worth it ?

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Front view.

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Not terrible considering how good the cabs look. Definitely not common. Age could be an issue.

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Can't quite make out the code to know if they are Jensen. Some cool amps have been built into these cabs tho

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Yes these are usually Jensen drivers but they are old and may not take much abuse. Paper formers and old glue but probably sound great at low volume. I am a big fan of the later Jensen Vibranto drivers. Thanks John

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That's a Jensen. Those speakers went with Bell & Howell 16mm movie projectors. Every school used to have a couple.

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That's a Jensen. Those speakers went with Bell & Howell 16mm movie projectors. Every school used to have a couple.

– Billy Zoom

Those are early B&H cabs at that---late '40s or early '50s. By the '60s, they were in blue/green plastic cabs. I was the AV geek from first grade on---1955. I retired doing some of what I did in first grade---last union projectionist in town.

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I have one of those (and the matching amplifier). The amp isn't going to ever be used as, from what I've read, this particular model doesn't convert well to a guitar amp. Still, I love the speaker cab. It's really clean for it's age.

At some point I'll replace the stock speaker with something modern and get a lunchbox-style head to go with it.

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Still thinking about it,he even has the covers!

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I like the sturdy cabinets, built for mobility. The video below shows B&H speakers which look similar in use with a guitar and amp for a rock music sound.

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An alto player in Portland, OR, had a early 50s PA, maybe late 40s, with two similar cabinets, branded "Bell." They might have been from Eddie Bell's shop in NYC, but I'm not sure.

In 1987, I asked a friend to ask Bucky Pizzarelli--at a weekend jazz party--what amps he liked and he answered "Bells are best, GK is good too."

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They're still for sale for $200, offered $150 but he declined.


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