- Jul 16, 2001
I’ve been using JBL D120s for over 20 years now in my Allman Brothers tribute band. Great speakers and I know that Duane and Dickie used them simply because of the photographs from summer 1970 that show the back of the Marshall cabinets open as well as Duanes open back Fender Twin and the JBL D120s easily seen. And the back of the Fillmore East cover photographed I believe around March 1971 with the D120 laying in front of the roadies. Then there’s the whole Cerwin Vega ER123 thing. Some swear that’s what you’re hearing on the Fillmore. I’ve bought the ER123s in the past and while they’re a great sounding speaker in my opinion that’s not the tone I’m hearing from early Dickey and Duane… So here is an interesting comment from Jerry Wexler from Atlantic who was very close with Duane. This is the first time I’m hearing this anyway. He specifically mentions the JBLD 120s and the Marshall cabinets. But he said occasionally Duane would play through Vega PA Cabinets. So maybe that’s where the Cerwin Vega thing comes from? I still think he predominantly played the JBLs but very interesting, never heard that before!