NAD- (used) 1974X

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  1. FlackBase

    FlackBase Felonious Monkey Gold Supporting Member

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    I had to go and plug it in at the store. Holy mombasootoh this thing sparkles, growls, bites, sings and stings with just a volume and a tone.

    I always wanted one. Now I realize why.

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  2. demea26

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    Great amp! Despite not liking EL84's much anymore, I've always loved the 1974x. Crank that thing and enjoy
     
  3. Dr. Lo

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    Wonderful amp. If you ever feel that it's too loud to hit the overdriven sweet spot, I highly recommend that you install power scaling of some kind. I had it on mine and it was a life/ear/band-saver.
     
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    nice. I'd love to try one of those some day. I play it's cousin, the 2061x, and it's pretty cool, I imagine the little combo is great as well. I think yours has the heritage greenback in it, that's a really nice sounding speaker and it's pretty low efficiency, so you ought to be able to crank it up pretty good, but you probably already know that.

    I have two cabs for me 2061x, one's a 2x12 with chinese greenbacks and the other a 1x12 with the heritage, like yours. I use the small cab most of the time as it is quiet enough to be able to turn the amp up into it's sweet spot, but still loud enough to play (classic) rock with a drummer in rehearsals and small shows if mic'd.

    I find it very practical, sure you will too.

    Congrats!
     
  5. LPMojoGL

    LPMojoGL Music Room Superstar Supporting Member

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    That's where it went.
    Congrats. I made that amp sing for a good while in the GC amp room not too long before you bought it. The tremolo is to die for. The amp is so responsive, has the feel, the sound. Absolutely Love It.

    Congrats.

     
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    Congrats! I have one and love it too, pure Marshall tone heaven.
     
  7. FlackBase

    FlackBase Felonious Monkey Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks, this thing really is dynamic. The greenback is well broken in, and you can really tell it on the attack. There's a lot of bloom (I would say for the buck but there better be because it was a lot of bucks too) :O

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    Wow. That's a great room.

     
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    Love that amp, I was playing one at a store a few years back and just didn't have the cash to spend. Sounded so great.

    Dr Z Brake Lite would be an excellent and useful addition to that amp.
     
  10. stratman89

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    I've had a 1974X since they first came out................ killer amp!

    I have a Brake Lite installed in the back of the amp for using at gigs like I had last night. Was great for the first set where we had to keep the volume at a lower level, but still get a great crunch tone.

    As I've said before, this is one amp I will never part with.
     
  11. LPMojoGL

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    Does the Brake Lite allow the same singing vibe of the cranked amp at house-friendly volumes? I'm strongly considering picking up a 1974x, as I love playing it with the volume anywhere from 7-10. The opportunities to do that at home, where I play 99% of the time, would be few and far between.
     
  12. WayneM

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    I have own this for a while.
    The output transformer died and was replaced with a MM...the new one sounds great.

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    I really like the sound with both the combo and the matching cab together.
     
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    Absolutely, I find the Brake Lite retains the amps character. At full attenuation not so much, but still very usable.
     
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    LPMojoGL Music Room Superstar Supporting Member

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    Thanks. Hard-to-resist amp. It feels alive when cranked. The volumes don't hurt the ear holes like the 50 watters.
     
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    I guess my ear holes will be hurting in another month when my Rockitt Retro '68 plexi arrives!
     
  16. LPMojoGL

    LPMojoGL Music Room Superstar Supporting Member

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    Yeah, that's a different beast altogether.
    OP must be jamming.
     
  17. FlackBase

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    I tried it with my Unleash. Even though the tone is very similar, the punch of the speaker cone freaking out is missing. This amp was meant to be cranked.
     
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    Great amps. I have the head/cab clone from Ceriatone. I'd love to have a combo.
     
  19. FlackBase

    FlackBase Felonious Monkey Gold Supporting Member

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    Man I played that thing and was blown away. But like a sane person, I picked myself up and walked out reminding myself that I truly don't need another amp.

    Then 30 minutes after I got home I called the store up and had them put it on hold for me.

    So glad I did ;)
     
  20. stratman89

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    Wow, some very nice amps!

    How does the Marshall 1974X compare to the Budda? I've always been curious.
     

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