I bought this from sound control Leeds, paid £250, i wanted a louder amp that would not sound as small as my mg mkII 10 watt amp, I wanted something with a large speaker cone and a lot of power to gig with, and get more clarity.
This amp is great for what i use it for. Now I have more playing experience my requirements i more demanding. I bought a line 6 am4 amp modeller to put in front of the amp to give it better tone. This is really where the amp excels, using it effectively as a PA for the pedal's sound. The amps own sound,(especially distorted) is fairly harsh and not very valvey, but the amp modeller sounds great due to the fact that the clean channel does not distort to easily, therefore you just hear what the pedal is doing.
As i have said earlier, the overdrive on this amp is not great, but then for this sort of money and power you cannot expect too much. I have also had a problem with the jack socket, which has come lose although this is my own fault because i left the lead in and fell on it when slightlty drunk!
generally it has been very tough. i have dragged it all over the place and have not had any problems,(apart from the jack socket as mentioned!)The footswitch has been slighlty tempermental, but i do not use this as i only use the amps clean channel, and put my own pedall in to it.
Good for the money, especially for the beginner looking to become more serious,although do shop around as the line 6 spider II is also very good, has similar power and is going for a good price now.(bear in mind you may need to buy the floorboard pedal though which is quite expensive.) I am happy with this amp and with the upgrade of the am4 (excellent piece of kit this amp sound very nice.
I bought this amp brand new at George's Music in Jacksonville FL.
It sounded great when I first bought it
There's really nothign I like about it. I've barely had it a year, and I've replaced so many fuses and had so many wiring problems, it's more trouble than it's worth. It'll sound good at first, but it fades out after about 20 minutes. It sounds muffled and dull in recordings, so it's not even a very good studio amp.
It's a piece of junk. Everything breaks.
If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have paid a dime for the thing. It's been nothing but a hassle since I got it.
I bought my Marshall on the Musician's Friend website, and paid $390 USD, and it came with a free cover.
I really like this amp, and I haven't had any problems with it. It has 80 watts of power @ 8 ohms with 2 channels. CLean and Crunch on this 1st channel, and 0D1 Classic Distortion and OD2 Hi gain runch on the 2nd channel. IO weighs about 55 lbs but its worth every pound.
I bought my baby at a little shop in East Brighton called World of Music. I'd been looking for a large-ish combo to practice on and at the time this was Marshall's non-valve combo. The RRP on the amp was $750 (Australian Dollars)
When I first rang the store, they quoted me $650 for it. So I rang another store and told them I'd been offered $650 and asked them if they could beat this price. They wanted the sale so they said they'd give it to me for $599.
So then I rang back to World of Music and told them I'd been offered a price under $600 but said I'd rather not discuss the exact ammount over the phone. The guy went and had a chat with the manager and then came back and told me they were cutting their own throats but they'd give it to me for $565 which is a profit markup of ZERO!
So that's how I got my $750 amp for $565 and saved $185.
This lil' beauty has a MASSIVE tone range. The clean channel is bright and warm sounding, the overdrive channel can purr like a kitten in creamy old-style distortion or squeal harmonics in thrash style super heavy gain and everything in between.
The CD input is an added bonus which I use to plug a mic into for when I'm just practing.
I got no gripes with my baby, except its weight, but I can live with a heavy amp.
Maybe it could do with more than one guitar input jack.
Beautiful craftsmanship, solid as a rock. I never had any problems with it.
I LOVE this amp, it suits any style of music I wanna play and it has GREAT sound for a combo.
My old guitar is a pile of poo but it still sounds great through this amp.
I really recommend you buy this amp!!!