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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clarkbar wrote:
my folks just bought me a new mg50dfx 50w for christmas (yes i know im not supposed to know) best part is that we got it for $240 locally.

i've demoed several of the budget amps at my local GC and i thought this model was the best 50w i could find in my price range. i tend to like a little heavier music and it does get a decent metal or hard rock sound, which is fine for what i need: Volume

I think its a decent deal for a new one of these. and itll serve as a good starter basic marshall amp eh? at least till i can get my grubbly little hands on a secondhand jcm900


You want one of these:
http://nashville.craigslist.org/msg/1498202664.html
$250.


If you are just playing metal, they work great!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yea that is a nice head but i needed the portability of the combo amp. i just cant deal with having a huge stack around.

i imagine ill upgrade someday to a nice jcm900, or maybe a stack when i have my own place. of course that'll be sometime in college.

i'm actually more into the "grunge" heavy rock sound. this little amp does a decent job for now, and when in doubt: effects pedals!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I got a Marshall AVT 150 combo with a marshall 4x12 extension speaker with celestions. Still need to find the right clean tone but I am super happy with it so far! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i recently purchased a 1960A 4x12 cab with 75W Celestions.

I paired it up with a JCM2000 DSL 100W. This amp is so loud it peels the paint off my walls.

I love the clean channel, I love the ultra-gain channel. Great, versatile amp.

I'll probably pick-up a JCM900 combo at some point as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the 50w MA combo out a few days ago, figured I'd just pop this here as I couldn't find a dedicated thread.

Decent clean channel, but any high gain sounds on the distortion channel sounded pretty awful- no amount of EQing could dial out the fizz and harshness, even with the treble OFF and mid rolled back. I kinda wonder if it was faulty or had a duff valve as the demos I've heard didn't sound too bad at all.

Either way- try before you buy.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not alot is said about them but the 74-78 ML combos are awesome.. I have a 74 with 2 12's and love it. Ill try and remember to snap a few pics at some point

here is a pic of the 74 masterlead... cell pic

marshall masterlead by fenderss80, on Flickr
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so take that all you brand snobs.. you go buy all them high dollar f^<kn' gear, you still cant get tone like that. you know why? cause your a dumb @ss
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

taylornutt wrote:

It's an awesome amp. It's been my baby for 9 years. The cleans are some of the best on a Marshall...almost Fender. The dirt channel is warm distorted Marshall goodness.

It offered 2 footswitchable channels with a shared EQ section, a spring reverb, a series FX loop and a Speaker Emulated output. I use the Emulated Output for silent recording (I have 2 kids)

The reverb is not that wonderful, but it keeps the tone from being flat. I use a EHX Holy Stain for Room/Hall reverb. The beauty of this amp (besides the sound) is the simplicity. Just enough features to keep the veteran or the rookie satisfied. The other guitarist in Aerosmith used to have one. It comes in either a 2x10 or 1x12 speaker configuration. I have the 1x12. It takes pedals really well and has an FX loop, but I just run my pedalboard straight into the the front. They also made matching extension cabs and I would love one day to find one for mine.

JTM 60 2 independent footswitchable channels, each with their own EQ, a spring reverb with dual controls (one for each channel) and a series FX loop and a parallel FX loop.


taylornutt,

How quiet can this thing get with the Master Volume? I've never seen one, but I am trying to find a "bedroom volume" amp that I can still get some overdriven tone out of. Think "an overdriven Epi Valve Jr 5-watter is too loud" bedroom volume. The JTM45 reissue I have played was way, way, way too loud for my uses. Does the emulated speaker out mean I could use some studio headphones with it? Question
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

way too loud, a 5 watt tube amp will EASILY get u kicked out an apt, after the cops show up

running my Orange Dual Terror at 7watts in my basement can get to loud for my small house

if u do get a small tube amp and want overdrive at low levels u will have to get one that has a seperate vol and gain control.....
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGJarrod wrote:
way too loud, a 5 watt tube amp will EASILY get u kicked out an apt, after the cops show up


Yep, I know this first hand. Our apartment building cited me for noise from the Epi Valve Junior, so I sold it. If we get in trouble for noise again, we can get evicted by some process in the lease. Having sweet tube overdrive tonez wasn't worth losing our awesome apartment.

Never mind that I can hear other people's stereos playing terrible music at all hours of the night..
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what you want is a bugera v5.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mages wrote:
what you want is a bugera v5.


This is the perfect bedroom amp. Adjustable for 5W to 1W to .1W, tube driven, takes pedals well, good reverb, and has a Headphone jack. I got one on ebay for $90. I sold it once I got my Silverface Musicmaster Bass amp.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mathiasx wrote:
taylornutt wrote:

It's an awesome amp. It's been my baby for 9 years. The cleans are some of the best on a Marshall...almost Fender. The dirt channel is warm distorted Marshall goodness.

It offered 2 footswitchable channels with a shared EQ section, a spring reverb, a series FX loop and a Speaker Emulated output. I use the Emulated Output for silent recording (I have 2 kids)

The reverb is not that wonderful, but it keeps the tone from being flat. I use a EHX Holy Stain for Room/Hall reverb. The beauty of this amp (besides the sound) is the simplicity. Just enough features to keep the veteran or the rookie satisfied. The other guitarist in Aerosmith used to have one. It comes in either a 2x10 or 1x12 speaker configuration. I have the 1x12. It takes pedals really well and has an FX loop, but I just run my pedalboard straight into the the front. They also made matching extension cabs and I would love one day to find one for mine.

JTM 60 2 independent footswitchable channels, each with their own EQ, a spring reverb with dual controls (one for each channel) and a series FX loop and a parallel FX loop.


taylornutt,

How quiet can this thing get with the Master Volume? I've never seen one, but I am trying to find a "bedroom volume" amp that I can still get some overdriven tone out of. Think "an overdriven Epi Valve Jr 5-watter is too loud" bedroom volume. The JTM45 reissue I have played was way, way, way too loud for my uses. Does the emulated speaker out mean I could use some studio headphones with it? Question


This is a 30 Watt Marshall amp with a 12" speaker, so it is loud as hell. I usually can't get above 4 with the master volume. That said, with the emulated output, you can turn down the Master to 0 and run it into some kind of input device that uses headphones. I run the XLR plug out the back of the amp into my old Digidesign MBox2, which I can run headphones out. I use it for quiet practicing or recording demos. I finally got my gear worked out and recorded some demos today using Garageband and Photobooth on my Macbook Pro. Will upload in about an hour if you want to hear.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it doesn't make any sound when the Master is on 0? Does this hurt the amp? (not driving a load)

Sorry for the newbie questions, I've never had a Marshall with master volume.

If I could find one of these, I'd probably play all the time on headphones at home and still be able to gig with it somewhere. (Local craigslist turns up a lot of Marshall full stacks and such, nothing useful. May have to watch the 'bay for awhile.)

I would love to hear some demos. The majority of Youtube vids have terrible audio.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mathiasx wrote:
So it doesn't make any sound when the Master is on 0? Does this hurt the amp? (not driving a load)


I'd imagine you need to leave the speaker plugged in.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mathiasx wrote:
So it doesn't make any sound when the Master is on 0? Does this hurt the amp? (not driving a load)

Sorry for the newbie questions, I've never had a Marshall with master volume.

If I could find one of these, I'd probably play all the time on headphones at home and still be able to gig with it somewhere. (Local craigslist turns up a lot of Marshall full stacks and such, nothing useful. May have to watch the 'bay for awhile.)

I would love to hear some demos. The majority of Youtube vids have terrible audio.


Actually, you can leave the amp in standby mode while you record or turn the volume to 0. Speakers stay plugged in.

Check out the demos I recorded on Friday: Demos

The output is an xlr connection, so you must have a recording unit that matches up to take advantage of it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My amp is no longer made (1994-1997) so check eBay or CL.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mages wrote:
what you want is a bugera v5.

I've had one of these cheap, small tube combos: the Epi Valve Jr.

Dunno how much quieter the .1 watt mode is, since my intuition says it is only slightly quieter a 5 watt amp. (Around half as loud as a 5 watt amp?) I guess I just need a really nice head that has a headphone out that mutes the speakers altogether. I don't want to go the cheap route just because they're low wattage rather than because they have a good tone.

The other problem with the cheap little combos is that they're generally noisy and don't offer much tone control (or in the case of the Epi Valve Jr, no tone control at all)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:23 pm    Post subject: Marshall JTM 60 dies for 3-4 sec? Reply with quote

The problem is my amp dies in the middle of playing. It happens in like every half hour. I am playing in boost mode and the sound is great.The volume is on about 7 and then for 3-4 sec it feels like the volume is pushed back to 4 and then back. I have a topic about the tubes here http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110219072913AAeTxhn Do you maybe think the tubes are fadeing? And if the tubes are dying how will i know which one is the first because i have 2 extra power section tubes ( Tesla´s from 1974 Very Happy )


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mathiasx wrote:
Dunno how much quieter the .1 watt mode is, since my intuition says it is only slightly quieter a 5 watt amp. (Around half as loud as a 5 watt amp?)

well if you get too quiet you wont be pushing the speaker enough to get any kind of full sound. "half as loud" is a quite a big difference though. that's like the difference between a 5 watt and 50 watt amp. which is quite large. .5 watt would be half the volume of a 5 watt. so .1 watt would be even less than that, something like 60% less volume.

mathiasx wrote:
I guess I just need a really nice head that has a headphone out that mutes the speakers altogether. I don't want to go the cheap route just because they're low wattage rather than because they have a good tone.

the headphone out on the bugera is a line-out with speaker simulation. I think it really is one of the best options out there for home practice/recording.
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