I took a drive out to the desert and bought a Marshall Vintage Modern combo

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  1. SoCalSteve

    SoCalSteve Member

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    In need of an amp, I was going to get a DSL40C, but ran across a CL listing for a VM combo for an unheard of $550, which is the same price I was going to pay for a dent n' scratch DSL from AMS.

    Since I basically lived on the Green Crunch channel using the DSL as a single channel amp I jumped at the chance to pick up a VM, one of which I owned about 2 years ago.

    Has 2 small tears in the tolex but the grill cloth and everything else is great. The purple jewel light even works!

    What I like about these VM's is the throaty overdriven sound without the bloated bass of a JTM45.

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  2. michael.e

    michael.e Supporting Member

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    I should have kept my 2466 and put a choke in it. Nice amps.
     
  3. SoCalSteve

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    This was the one I probably missed most.

    Love the Hendrix GB's in the combo.
     
  4. Firepie Uno

    Firepie Uno Silver Supporting Member

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    I wish Marshall wouldn't have disco'd that amp. I thought it kind of typified what they should be doing - building on tried and true recipes with modern improvements. The volume layout made sense to me, and the addition of reverb was nice. Very modable as well. Sounded great.

    I think most of the complaints about this amp came from players who preferred 2 channels.

    $550 is a steal, dude. Congrats. Play her in good health!

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  5. JiMB

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    Nice score!
     
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    Robin Trower seems to like his.

     
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    Great amp, definitely a steal. Haven't seen the combos for less than $750.
     
  8. SoCalSteve

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    It was well worth the 1 hour drive (at 80 mph!) to Indio.
     
  9. ggwwbb

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    Love my VM! I paid $650 for mine and had to drive an hour away to get it too...WELL worth it tho. Mine had brand new tubes and didn't have a scratch on it. My 13 year old son says that it has both Malcolm and Angus in it. It is definitely a keeper!
     
  10. TubeStack

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    I love Vintage Moderns. I've loved my 2466 for 4+ years now. Very organic and responsive amps and yes, those G12Cs are amazing! Nice score. :beer
     
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    Nice! Congrats on a great deal... enjoy!
     
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    reminder to self:

    check Palm Springs CL once in a while!
     
  13. LPVM

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    Congrats! They are so dynamic and fun to play. I never understood why guys bashed them but agree it was probably guys that preferred channel switchers that thought the high and low dynamic function could be used like that. It was so damn easy to get great tone out of them. That's the one amp I actually regret selling.
     
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    While i'm a single channel amp guy, I'm the opposite school to the OP. I felt the VM pushed me too much into Jimi clone tone. even my jazzyish or counrtyish licks came out as Jimi-ish. The lack of bass compared to my JTM45/100 and JTM45 boxed me into a narrower tone range. Even the JMP SL100 seemed to have a wider touch tone range.

    A friend with a Hendrix Tribute band loves his though..... not for me.

    PS I only used one for a couple of bar gigs so what do I know...?
     
  15. SoCalSteve

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    I've never liked alot of bass. Always have it lowered and the mids cranked. I'm liking the mids boosted in the LDR mode.

    On a side note, finally got to crank it up and what tone! It's a shame some may not have known how to work the Body and Detail controls on these amps had a bad impression.
     
  16. tone?

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    Real men play real marshalls


    Lol
     
  17. LPVM

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    Great point. I always ran mine with the Detail about 3 click higher than the Body. That seemed to be the correct ratio.
    The amp really comes alive with the MV set higher than 5. I miss that amp. It was a great sounding amp straight in.
     
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    +1 on running the Detail higher than the Body.

    You're clip goes to show how that has to be the only explanation for people saying the amps don't sound good.
     

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