Marshall and Drake transformers

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Renardm, Feb 13, 2008.


  1. Renardm

    Renardm Member

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    When did Marshall stop using Drake tranformers in their amps? I have a JCM 800 4010 combo(horizontal inputs) from 1986. Since I am not at home to check I was curious as to when they made the change to other(less-desirable)transformers.
     
  2. Roe

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    the quality of the transformers got worse in the late 70s or early 80s I believe.
     
  3. sickboy79

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    I'm not a Drake tranny "expert" but, I'm pretty sure it was in the 90s sometime - early 90s? My 87 Silver Jubilee 2553 head has Drake trannys, for example.

    Drake was used for 50w trannys only - Dagnell was always used for the 100w (vintage stuff included), (at least that's what all the books and internet sources have stated). Dagnell now makes both 50 and 100w trannies today for Marshall.
     
  4. Renardm

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    Just checked. Mine does have Drake. I don't know how the quality compares to the vintage models but the thing sure sounds good with a boost in front of it.
     
  5. bosstone

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    I have never heard anyone complain about the quality of Drake transformers in early 80's JCM 800's.
     
  6. Renardm

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    Did the transformer quality supposedly go down when they started using cheaper Drakes or did they start using another brand completely?
     
  7. Griz

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    Sorry, not true. The early 80's amps still use Dagnall or Drake, depending on the wattage. Much, much better sounding than whatever was used in the JCM900 series.
     
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    x2,

    my '83 800 2204 has drakes
     
  9. Renardm

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    From what I can tell from my online research is that the Drake's transformers are key to getting that Marshall crunch. I don't know if they started using cheaper ones in the 80s or if they switched to less-desirable brands.
     

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