New speaker recommendation for Marshall Valvestate 8080 Hi all, I have a Marshall 8080 combo, basically the 80-watt open-back combo version of the popular Marshall 8100/8200 heads from the 90's. Its been at my parents house for a while, but I just brought it back to my house, and am rediscovering what a fun amp it is to play. Recently I put a panel over the back to make it a closed back combo, and wow, what a difference it has made. More bottom end, tighter bass, more resonance and less fizzy high end. With all that being said, its still a very bright amp, lots of treble on tap with not a ton of low end. Currently it still has the stock Eminence speaker in it, model EM12-1008PE (the early ones appear to have Eminence stock speakers, must have been after the first run they switched to the Celestion/Marshall speakers). I've tried to find info on the speaker but there isn't much info out there. I have a Celestion Vintage 30 (English-made one out of a mesa cab) in a different cab, so I put that in to compare, and I do prefer the voicing of the V30 a lot more (not surprising as I'm a big v30 fan), but regarding the EQ, its still very bright, with not as much low end resonance as I would like. Though the tone in general is more pleasant, and the contour knob is much more functional with the V30, whereas it just makes everything sound flat with the stock Eminence speaker. I've been spending a lot of time looking up speakers, and I've narrowed it down to two: Celestion G12K-100 (or G12K-85) Eminence Swamp Thang I would think the G12K100 would be a safer bet, as I appear to like Celestion voicing in my speakers, and from what I've read, its smoother and more bottom-heavy than a Vintage 30. But the Eminence Swamp Thang looks very interesting to me. Apparently its a very dark speaker, bottom-heavy, and best suited to bright amps (which the Valvestate 8080 is). Though I don't know for sure if I would like its 'voicing' as I've never used Eminence speakers before, except for the stock speaker in this combo, which I find kind of meh. Has anyone used both and can compare? Any V30 fans like Eminence speakers? Am I just overthinking this? TL;DR - Marshall Valvestate 8080 (now closed-back) combo sounds very bright, want a darker speaker, I'm a fan of V30's, but want something darker/bassier for this amp, what should I get? Picture of my hokey closed-back. I love house renovations since there's so many scrap materials around to use.