Looking for the right Marshall sound

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  1. Teleking

    Teleking Supporting Member

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    I have every other amp covered, but I don't have an EL34 amp. I know Marshall made a ton of different amps over the years. Is there, say, one link anyone can direct me to with comparisons/explanations of each and maybe a video or sound clip? Most likely a tall task, I'm sure.

    I won't ever be able to use a 100 watt amp. 50 or lower would be ideal I'd think.

    I the Marshall EL84 sound covered, so I'm looking for the EL34 sound.

    It certainly doesn't need to be a Marshall, I'm aware of all the boutique and variants of the classic designs.

    Looking to spend up to 2K, but no more than that.

    Thanks
     
  2. big mike

    big mike Moderator - EL34 Emeritas Staff Member

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    Check out YouTube clips of
    50 watt lead (1987 circuit )
    50 watt bass (1986 circuit)
    2204 (cascaded lead circuit)

    That'll give you the 3 main cornerstone amps of Marshall tone IMO.
    Many boutique and clone builders can equal or surpass the best, but a used Marshall can be had reasonably easily as well.

    Those 3 circuits are where to start.

    For boutique versions
    Germino lv55 is lead 50 watt
    Germino club 40 is bass 50 watt
    I'd stick with 2204 for the cascaded tone,
    As for boutique builder my favorites are Metropolous, Germino. Park and Wallace do a great job too,
     
  3. batfish

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    Germino is also now providing a 30 watt transformer as an option to his 50 watt models. Still uses EL34s and is voiced the same as the more powerful amps. Just out of your price range, though, for a new one. I think some other boutique guys are making lower wattage plexi's as well.

    This is a cool option for those of us who like the old school Marshall thing but don't need 50 or 100 watts of power, assuming they sound close enough to the full power implementations (and assuming I am!).
     
  4. big mike

    big mike Moderator - EL34 Emeritas Staff Member

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    If Greg does it, it's right.
     
  5. stratman89

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    Someone posted this cool video a while back..........





    I wanted a Plexi clone so I've got a Rockitt Retro 50 being built by Kevin, and will be finished in a couple of weeks.
     
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  6. Scottone

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    Just to throw another option out there...you definitely should consider the PRS Anniverary amp. I picked one up in a trade a couple of months back and have been loving it..classic 50 watt plexi tones with a very good master volume.

    I have the original version, but there have been a few other variants as well (Rev B, HXDA) that are apparently just as cool
     
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    Here's another great Johan video demonstrating master vs non-master models.

     
  8. BADHAK

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    What's your el 84 amp??? Is it a Marshall? ?? Does it have a master? ?
    What are your benchmark tones or fav bands??
    Is an attenuator an option? ?....even a 50 watter(NMV) is VERY LOUD.
    Any information would help.
    My advice is to get a stock,healthy vintage Marshall first before you go boutique /clone.
    I owned some ripper boutique /clones,but in the back of my mind there was always the niggling thought"wonder if this is as good as the amps Schenker, Young,Page etc used" or "i wonder how this would compare to a vintage piece "
    Then i got a 79 and 80 jmp 2203s and every time i plug in I'm blown away.
    Not sure how i will handle the volume, but my next amp will be a early 70's Superlead /bass.
     
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    What a GREAT video!!! Owning a Marshall, but not being a Marshall aficionado, it was quite interesting listening to all those amps. I really liked the 1969 Super Lead. :)
     
  10. Bogner

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    Landry LS 100 or 50 G3 and your problems are all solved. :)
     
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    50W Marshall JVM. That would be my suggestion.
     
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    Check the Marshall handwired series.the 1959hw is the one i've played and it is awesome so i guess the jtm 45 and their combo line would be as great too.
     
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