AUSTRALIAN MADE BOUTIQUE LOUDSPEAKERS
THE LORANTZ VINTAGE U.K. GREENBACK CLONE
In our opinion, the BEST 10" and 12" guitar speaker available!!
If you're looking for a speaker that replicates that true vintage sound, then this is THE ONE!
The VINTAGE U.K. GREENBACK CLONE came about when I took an old Vintage Celestion Greenback out of an early Marshall 12" Quad cabinet and brought it to Australian loudspeaker manufacturer Lorantz.
What I wanted was a replacement speaker that would tonally sound as close as possible to the Celestion Vintage Greenback. After testing and plotting the old Greenback, Lorantz came back to me saying that they could produce a speaker to these specifications. The result is a range of speakers that possess the true vintage warmth and fullness of the old Celestions but with superior efficiency. This results in a louder volume level for the same input power.
They identically follow the frequency plot of the original Greenback to within 2dB!!!
Everybody that has used these speakers loves them. SEE THE FULL STORY
"We just cannot recommend them highly enough!" - Brad Coates Mng. Dir. MelMusic
LORANTZ "P" SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS VINTAGE GREENBACK CLONE - Guitar Models
These models sound (within 2dB) exactly like the real vintage Celestion Greenbacks.
They are available in both 10” & 12” sizes, in 30, 50 & 75 Watt power ratings at 8 or 16ohm.
The 10” Model C256P series has a 120mm ferrite magnet and is available in 30, 50, 75 watt.The 12” Model C304P series has a 120mm ferrite magnet and is available in 30, 50, 75 watt.
"The speakers are lovely for bluesy/rock-n-roll sorts of sounds, so very much like a Celestion greenback (funny that)."
The sonic quality of the 30W, 50W and 75W are similar, as these models employ similar cone tooling and cone pulps.
The 30W model is the brightest of the range - it employs the lightest voice coil, wound on a paper bobbin.
The paper bobbin has advantages and disadvantages. The paper bobbin is weaker and allows the cone to breakup more than the stronger bobbins like fiberglass and Kapton. The 50W model is very similar to the 30W except the paper voice coil bobbin has been replaced with fiberglass, higher power rating and environmentally more reliable than paper. The cone body is also slightly heavier thus requiring more power for breakup and crunch.
The 75W model employs a heavier cone body and again requires more power to breakup, also has a longer coil winding so it is cleaner and the tone is slightly warmer due to the heavier coil and cone body. The coil is wound on a high temperature plastic bobbin material called Kapton. The sonic signature of loudspeakers is primarily based on the physical cone shape and material properties.
"Massive, solid bottom end, gritty mids and snarling highs when overdriven. Sounds great clean too, lots of character and chime. Lorantz simply rule with overdriven tones, it's the 'classic rock' sound incarnate!"
LORANTZ "U" SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS REISSUE GREENBACK CLONE - Bass, P.A & Multi-Purpose Models
The principle difference between the "P" and the "U" models is the magnet size. The increased magnet size has the following sonic benefits:
The U model is louderThe bass response in the U range is tighterThe mids appear louder in relation to the tightness of the bassThe voice coil follows the electrical signal more closely due to the stronger magnet force, making the tone more 'detailed'
Basically, these models sound more like Celestion’s modern re-issue of the Vintage Greenback.
"These speakers are a product I would recommend without hesitation. They are limited production, boutique speakers of the highest quality."
OTHER SPEAKER MODELS FROM LORANTZ
LORANTZ 10" FULL RANGE MULTI-PURPOSE SPEAKER 100 WATT RMS
Ideal for all purposes!
Superb for bass use in a 4 x 10" or 2 x 10" cabinet.
Suitable for guitar, sounds warm and full.
Smooth response for P.A or foldback.
The Lorantz range is virtually bulletproof, and able to handle power well above their recommended rating.
A choice of 8 or 16 ohm.
Specifications 256P-100: Download 100 Watt
LORANTZ 12" FULL RANGE MULTI-PURPOSE SPEAKER 100 WATT RMS
A multi-purpose loudspeaker equally at home in a P.A, bass rig or keyboard rig.
They even work well as guitar speakers if a more mellow, full tone is what you require rather than a more cutting top end sound - recommended for heavy metal players.
Specifications 304P-100: Download 100 Watt
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?
Michail Barabasz has written a great article about the history of Lorantz. To get a more comprehensive knowledge of this Australian success story click on the link below.