Please educate me on the newer Marshall amps

p90rules

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So I've been playing for about 40 years and have played through 50 watt half stacks and many other brands of amps but the best sounding amp I ever owned was a late 70s Marshall JMP 50 MV 2X12 combo... I've had 3, all great sounding amps. My situation is that now I'm a bit older and unable to manage the weight of these amps, I'm struggling to find satisfaction in the smaller combos I've been using in the last few years. I need to catch up on what's available in a 1x12 combo... 30 to 50 Watts... The ones that have cought my attention are the DSL40 combos. Also heard good things about the Vintage Modern range but not sure if they do a 1x12. Also I'm aware of the JCM 800 1X12 50 combos but if I heard right some models are better than others, so I've got some catching up to do, so would really appreciate any advice, comments from you guys... Cheers
 

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The new JCM800 20 watt head is amazing. Play it through the matching 1x12 cab and with the gain on 3 it sounds like a classic plexi, gain on 6 it gives you the JCM800 heavily overdriven sound.

The combo versions are not good of these amps IMO
 

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I'd suggest you take the DSL40CR and the SC20C (the JCM800 studio, 1x10 combo) for a test drive.

I tried both, opted for the DSL as I need channel switching capabilities. With the optional 6 button footswitch you have access to Clean, Crunch, Gain 1 and Gain 2 as well as 2 master volume levels and FX loop).

But if I was just chasing the JCM800 tone, I probably would have bought the SC20. However, the DSL does deliver exactly the Marshall tone I was looking for.

If you want to look for a 1x12 combo in the used market, years ago I had a 4010 JCM800 combo. It's a 2204 head with a 1x12. It was a fantastic amp, but it really did want to be louder than would work at most gigs I play.
 

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I agree with dwager, take them for a spin. I was sceptical about dsl 40s but got like new dsl40c with already upgraded cream back installed. I'm very happy with it. And it's not too heavy, and gets loud. Try some different ones out and let your ears guide you.
 

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The Marshall Astoria combos were all great amps, 30/5 watts, hand-wired, KT66, 1x12 Creamback loaded combos. About 45 Lbs. just great amps, but discontinued a few years ago and hard to find.
 

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The new JCM800 20 watt head is amazing. Play it through the matching 1x12 cab and with the gain on 3 it sounds like a classic plexi, gain on 6 it gives you the JCM800 heavily overdriven sound.

The combo versions are not good of these amps IMO
How about with the master volume at low settings?
 

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I'd suggest you take the DSL40CR and the SC20C (the JCM800 studio, 1x10 combo) for a test drive.

I tried both, opted for the DSL as I need channel switching capabilities. With the optional 6 button footswitch you have access to Clean, Crunch, Gain 1 and Gain 2 as well as 2 master volume levels and FX loop).

But if I was just chasing the JCM800 tone, I probably would have bought the SC20. However, the DSL does deliver exactly the Marshall tone I was looking for.

If you want to look for a 1x12 combo in the used market, years ago I had a 4010 JCM800 combo. It's a 2204 head with a 1x12. It was a fantastic amp, but it really did want to be louder than would work at most gigs I play.
Exactly! I've a DSL20 and the 4010 and have heard the SC20. They're all right there but the 4010 is perfection to me. Good luck whatever you do.
 

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The new JCM800 20 watt head is amazing. Play it through the matching 1x12 cab and with the gain on 3 it sounds like a classic plexi, gain on 6 it gives you the JCM800 heavily overdriven sound.

The combo versions are not good of these amps IMO
This. A Tube Screamer in front of SC20H through a Greenback 1x12 is perfection. I gave away my DSL40C after that.
 

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I'm still happy with my DSL40c. I also have a 2 x 12 cab for it though with Creambacks and the combo also has a Creamback. It's a really versatile amp. I would say I have 2 complaints:

The reverb is too subtle, and
There is noticeable volume changes going from clean to cruch, then to lead 1 and then to lead 2. Apparently the new DSL40cr corrects that by having the two volumes and master volume. And of course you can get that footswitch for it.

I want to say my DSL40c is 53lb?
 

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A 50 watt Marshall combo is going to be heavy. But you can still get that old-time sound with an ‘80’s 50 watt head and a 2X12 cab, that splits the weight in two.
That's exactly what I did. It's two things to carry (albeit one at a time) instead of one heavy amp. My back is much happier for it.
 

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That's exactly what I did. It's two things to carry (albeit one at a time) instead of one heavy amp. My back is much happier for it.
I added wheels to my cabinet, makes things even easier.

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Another vote for head & cab.

I converted a JMP 50 combo a few years ago. The chassis on those is 18.625" wide and they can be stuffed into a 20" head. I had a JCM800 4210 [50 watt 1x12] that I gave to my mom. It wasn't all that much lighter than the JMP. Smaller but [I'm guessing here] only 10-12lb lighter.

Russ
 

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When I had the 4010 I made a head cab for it. A separate head is a good way to deal with weight. I didn't want everything to be upside down, so I mounted it the same as in the combo.

 

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+1 like others have said. Get the DSL40C, the clean/crunch channel is really good, so you don't even really need to go over to the Red/Orange Dirty channel. The crunch tone is amazing on these amp, definitely it's best feature.
 

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Got the reissue version of it (2061x) and i love it.
Probably a little harder to get.... I got lucky (right place, right time)
 




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