I got tired of messing with the EQ and still getting a screechy ice-pick tone. This amp does not get along with V30s in a recto cab at all in my opinion.
I replaced the V30s with a CL80 and a G12H75 Creamback. HUGE difference. WAY more low-end, plus a nice grit in the low mids thanks to the Creamback. The low-end is pretty loose, not sure I like that. But I think a move in the right direction. Band rehearsal tomorrow. We'll see...
What I really want is pretty much what I got, but tighter lows. Maybe replace the CL80 with a C90.
I'm glad you like the Creamback! I'm loving it as well, but mine's mixed with a V30. Which channel are you playing on? I'm seeing a lot of people swear by the blue channel on here these days - I've always found it to be the weakest, at least for me. I much prefer the sound of the red channel with the gain backed down, and I never run the bass past about 50%.
All this said - I am, admittedly, JUST now discovering speakers. I grew up playing Chet Atkins style on nylon strings, and by the time I started playing electric, I found myself in the land of thrash metal, where the attitude was always "V30 or BUST." Let us know if you try a C90 and like it! I've been pondering the idea of speaker with huge range like one of the heavy EVs, but who knows what that would yield. My best guess would be a fantastic clean sound and not-so-good dirty sound...
This may or may not be helpful, but on my last EP my band had a 2nd guitarist (David Hill) who was playing an RA-100 through a Bogner Uberkab on the recording. You can most distinctly hear his tone at the 4:00 mark in this track "Anselmo" where he took a solo.https://soundcloud.com/kindler-band/anselmo
For what it's worth, I think he was running on the clean channel with a Fulltone OCD, but I figured I'd throw it out there. I've always thought his tone was great!
Mesa/Boogie RA-100 Royal Atlantic head
Mesa/Boogie Rectifier 2x12 cabPedals:
Eventide, Xotic, FX Eng, TC, StrymonGuitars:
Suhr, Gibson, Washburn electrics
Martin, Steven Walter acoustics