Vox meets Marshall?

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  1. Dylan Fagan

    Dylan Fagan Member

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    Hey guys,

    I gotta ask: Is there an amp out there that has the articulation, chime and openess of a Vox, but the punch and singing quality of a Marshall?

    Is it an impossible task?

    I've heard talk of the Dr. Z Prescription ES fitting this bill nicely. From what I've heard in clips, as well as the latest Brad Paisley album, it sounds pretty darn sweet. I suppose I just need to find one to try out, but I thought I should probably ask if there's anything else I should check out too. And well, there's not a more knowledgable g.a... I mean gear forum on the net, so I look forward to everyone's replies.

    Thanks a million in advance!

    edit: ok, I found this thread from earlier in the year, but if anyone has anything to add, feel free to 'chime' in! OH man bad pun.
     
  2. tjs

    tjs Senior Member

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    Kingsley D30 or D32.

    www.kingsleyamplifiers.com

    It can also get some nice Fender-ish tones, and some say it can do a decent approximation of a Dumble as well (although I haven't been able to achieve that on mine yet.)
     
  3. guitarman_1

    guitarman_1 Silver Supporting Member

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    The Heritage Britton II. Its exactly what you have described.
    Awesome Vox, Marshall, and some Fender tones to boot. Power
    is perfect and not as finicky as the DR Z. I do love the Z, but the versatility and sounds of the Britton II are more player friendly.Great master volume too.
     
  4. Guinness Lad

    Guinness Lad Silver Supporting Member

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    Yeah, Guytron that's the premise of the amplifier. Two El-84s driven class "A" into 4 El-34s driven a/b. It doesn't get much better then this.
     
  5. telebuck

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    I see my Aiken Invader (2 El-84s) as somewhat of a cross between marshall and vox. It has the nice chiminess of a vox but can also get a good (older) marshall sound as well. Unfortunately, these have been discontinued, but they seem to pop up fairly often on the used market.
     
  6. Phil M

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    I recently aquired a Tophat Club Royale 2x12. It's taken me awhile to fall in love with it, and I'm not quite there, but it's growing on me. It does remind me a bit of a Marshall with some extra chime on top. I like to put a DGTM in front for extra drive, but it's got a great grinding overdrive on its own. I love how it gets better and better as the master vol. goes up--plus it's a 20 watt amp that you can actually crank the heck out of. Not sure if it's the BEST amp for your application, but I think it would work.

    I finally recorded with it last night and I came away impressed. Not sure about the mismatched Celestian greenback/V30 comination.
     
  7. Blueser

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    Komet Constellation. Go to www.Kometamps.com and check out the soundclips. Those clips are truth in advertising!!
     
  8. fatback

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    The Aiken Tomcat is much more of a Vox/Marshall hybird than the 18 watt Invader/Intruder. The Tomcat also runs 2 EL84's but uses a tone stack more similar to a Vox; tone & cut. It also has a bright switch and a gain boost. Think AC-15 on steroids meets an old 18 watt Marshall and you get the idea. The Tomcat gets a great glassy, chewy lead tone, but with very nice Marshally low mid grind. It's only 18 watts, but it's a very loud 18 watts. I have to turn the built in attenuater down a click when I play it cranked up though a 4x12 with my drummer. There was talk of Randall buildind a 4xEL84 version at some time, but he's pretty busy with other projects right now. He told me he built one Tomcat that runs on 2 EL34's, class A, and puts out about 30 watts. I'd love to try it.
     
  9. bluessyndicate

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    +1 Guytron
     
  10. amc

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    Actually,the original Dr.Z Prescription is the bastard child
    of a Vox and a Marshall

    amc
     
  11. e-z

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    65 Amps London.

    18 Watts (more like 22 really) from two el84s with a Marshall side and a Vox side. The marshall channel has a 12ax7 in the preamp and can get great 18W Marshall crunch. The Vox side has an ef86 in the preamp and can get the Vox chime. That channel also has a switchable boost. If you use a Switchbone or some other amp switcher that has phase reversal on one channel then you have both at once.

    I have had one for a few months and it is a great amp. On top of that they have excellent customer service.
     
  12. riffmeister

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    if 20 watts is enough......check out the TopHat Club Royale.

    The new tube recto'd model in the deeper 1x12 cab is particularly nice. Vox-meets-Marshall all the way.
     
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    i just played one of these recently.
    golly!
     
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    mtndog Gold Supporting Member

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    You might want to investigate the Gabriel Voxer. I don't have direct experience, but guys are describing this in similar terms to your criteria. Good hunting!
     
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    +1.

    Love the 65 London. Played it on Black Friday down at Willcutt. Very nice amp. Peter Straub tone for days. Can't go wrong with Bad Cat either. Black Cat especially.
     

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