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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by katarzis, May 24, 2011.
Are they out yet?
Mine (pre-ordered) shipped from Sweetwater in the US yesterday... I hope to report in a few days.
And mine as well.
Took the Class 5 head to rehearsal last night. Ran it through a detuned 4x10 cab with a mix of ceramics & AlNiCos, and an AnalogMan Beano Boost out front.
Nice tones! Master volume was around 3:00, mids dimed, bass & treble each a little less than noon. No issues keeping up with the drummer. The single-ended class A design means lots of pleasing 2nd-order harmonics; kind of reminds me of smaller tweed amp tones only crunchier. No issues with any extraneous buzzes, rattles, or noises. Cleans up really well with guitar volume knob manipulation.
A larger transformer might increase the bass response (it's not bad as-is though), but that can be handled with the right speaker choice just as well. This thing is a keeper... and a bargain too!
I got one as well. I agree with a lot of what inca_roads said, it definitely likes the Beano Boost. No rattles or noises.
It's gainier than I expected. Breakup with an LP starts around 4 (maybe even 3) on the volume knob.
I really like the amp. It's defintely a Marshall, I have two other Marshalls and while it's not the same, it has the flavor.
Since this is TGP, I can't leave well enough alone. The stock tubes sound fine, but I'm going to try some NOS to see if there's an improvement.
A lot of folks like the 10" speaker that comes in the combo, but I was interested in the head because I wanted to be able to use different speakers with it. The 8 ohm output was important - I have a bunch of 8 ohm cabs.
So far I've tried the amp with a 2x12 with Heritage G12 H30's and a 4x10 with 35 watt Celestions. The 2x12 sounded very good, but I think I like the 4x10 a little better.
I think it's a great amp for the money. It's got to be one of the least expensive ways to get the NMV Marshall sound.
They look cool too.
Thanks for the info. Can't wait to get mine!