- May 29, 2016
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I've been wanting a Vox amp for a long time, and have been actively searching for a Marshall Lead 12 as well. In a matter of days, both came available at the same time. Since the Vox was at a great price and something I wanted forever, I jumped on it (and of course, start a NAD thread here). The little Lead 12 would have to wait for another day.
I tried to avoid the ad. But it stuck around. Taunting me. Though expendable funds were tight this time of year, I kept checking. "I want a head, not a combo!" I told myself. Continued to check. Finally I just couldn't take it. Even though the price was firm (and a very good deal), I made an offer. Accepted!
Though it gets rave reviews, and Johan's videos and others make them sound phenomenal, my expectations were reserved. Fired it up with an LP, and it sounded good. Very good. Much bigger and better than it should. A bit of tweaking the EQ and gain, and it sounds great! Better than great! Better than it should. It's completely apparent why people collect multiples of these. It's just enjoyable to plug in and play. Very vintage Marshall sound with no tubes, and the 10" speaker handles it well. A bit trebley, but easily addressed with the EQ. This little thing sounds more Marshall than any Mustang preset. It's now my TV room amp for putzing around on. I'm finding myself very attached to it. Like a puppy or something.