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pricing JCM 800

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by projam619, May 17, 2011.

  1. projam619

    projam619 Member

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    I have a Marshall JCM 800 50 watt 2204. It was made in the 80s, though I'm not sure what year it is; the inputs are side-by-side (which someone informed me was a way to indicate the year). Does anyone know the going price if I wanted to sell it? Any input would be appreciated! :)
     
  2. Gnarlly

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    Checking completed listings on ebay is what I always do.

    As it is the less-desirable horizontal input model (still a great amp nonetheless), you should expect less than the 1981-1984 vertical input JCM 800 2204, which typically run at $1000+. My guess would be $700-900, depending on condition, for your amp.
     
  3. QRSS

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    There's an '82(vertical) 2204 on my local CL for $800. It's calling me at that price....have to pass because it's redundant.
     
  4. small axe

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    does it have 2 inputs or 4? anyway the guys above me have stated its fair value....depending on condition, mods, etc i would say 800-1100 dollars. i owned one for a long time and it rocked.
     
  5. Troy T. Blues

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    What letter does the serial number start with? Depending on the condition, probably $800-$1,000.

    Just to clarify; The input placement doesn't indicate the year, just if it's an early or later version JCM800. Earlier models, probably up to '84 have the vertical inputs...anytime after would be horizontal inputs.
     
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    Yeah, $800 - $900 is common, more or less depending on condition or mods (mods can add or subtract depending on the credibility or lack there of). I paid $825 for my 2204 last year, Voodoo modded but with no papers.

    keep in mind, on the 2204, it doesn't really matter if it's vert/horizontal, as they have well designed cap performance. The 2203 is the one in question.
     
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    Depending on condition, stock/modded, tubes-(brand/age)

    Horizontal input - $600.00 - $750.00
    Vertical input - $ 750.00 - 1000.00
     
  8. Gear-Junkie

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    Man those are great amps. The original Drake transformers?
     
  9. rob2001

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    Horizontal or vertical doesn't matter much besides board mounted pots on the 2204's. Circuit wise, the 2204's were the same thru all production years. The 2203's changed filtering when they went to horizontal which is where desirability of the early vertical inputs matters. I suppose it got to be an internet truth that all early 800's are more desirable.
     
  10. projam619

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    Thanks for the info everyone! Just looked at the serial no: S12071. And yeah, its got the Drake transformer.

    Anyone recommend the best tubes to get? I might decide to keep this after all...
     
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    as for tubes get some nice siemens nos el34s from kcanostubes. thats what i did
     
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    It's a 1984. If it's got EL34's, I'd go with SED Winged C's. I personally like Chinese preamp tubes in Marshalls.
     
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    Lot's of good info on this thread. From what I understand Rob is right - 100W Vert vs. horizontal circuits were different, 50W were the same.

    From what I've heard, $800 is the "aiming point" for a 2204 in good shape. (Vert or not, since there's no point in paying extra for it)

    Mines got a "u" serial wich is '86, "s" is 84.

    I paid a bit more for my 2204 - it's a 2204S which is a 2204 (same circuit) in a small box.
     
  15. Gear-Junkie

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    Original Drake transformers are the magic in these amps. SED EL-34's will be an excellent choice. Enjoy!
     
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    Thanks for the information, everyone!
     

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