I bought this amp about two years ago where I was stationed. I paid about 350 dollars.
The clean channel a chorus are nice, as well as the reverb.
PIECE OF SHIT!!!! When I bought this thing, I thought "Now I have an amp to last forever, because it's a Marshall!!!" WRONG! Three days after I bought it, the fan went out, after getting it repaired, it went out again! Also, the distortion is awful! Not nearly as clean as a tube amp, nor does it have the tone.
Other then the fan, nothing really. It's a solid amp, just shitty wiring and design.
This is a good beginner amp, though u should be for-warned about the FAN PROBLEM. Oh, by the way, the last time the fan went out, I just said to hell with it, and it fried the circuts. Oh well, all is well that ends well. I now own a real amp. "TUBE"
I paid $360 at a music store in IL. It sounded good in the store. I really only wanted chorus and reverb but the flange and delay (both worthless) came with it.
Appeared to be solidly constructed. It looks very classic. Numerous dials to adjust sound. Has a powerful sound. Good chorus and reverb. Has a good foot pedal.
The distortion is poor - muddy and not natural sounding. The cooling fan sounded like a model airplane on take-off. Obviously defective. I returned the amp for another new amp and the SAME PROBLEM started 2 months after bringing it home. Does not come with a dust cover and Marshall's owner - Korg - can't make or find one to fit.
The cooling fans on 2 different units crapped out. The store owner said he has been receiving other units back with same problem. He offered to replace the fan but I think I am going to look around the market for something else.
Marshall dropped the ball on this one. I think they cut too many corners to make this amp with a crappy cooling fan. What are the chances the 2 new amps I receive have the same problem? Pretty good according to the store owner and others reviews on websites. Fool me once, shame on me - fool me twice - "won't get fooled again". George Bush
I got this combo amp for £200 from 'Creative Music' in Milton Keynes, England.
The amp sounds amazing, i was really impressed with it, and with it's handy built in effects- (Reverb, Chorus, Delay, Flange, and Chorus/Delay). It is very loud and manages anything from practice at home, to gigs at small venues. I was also impressed with the Owners Manual that comes with it, as it tells you a lot about the amp, how it is to be used, what all the knobs and buttons do, and it also gives you suggested settings for "bright clean", "classic crunch", "lead", and "metal". The amp is not too heavy, and so is easy to transport around with you. It has twin channels, one input jack, one emulated lineout and headphones jack, effects pedal line in and out jack, and it comes with a good sturdy footswitch allowing you to switch between the channels and turn the effects on or off.
Also i must mention the FDD system (emulates a valve amp) it is superb and really saves you alot of money.
The overdrive channel has a "contour" control instead of the standard "middle" which was strange to me at first- this controls pretty much the overall tone of channel.
I am also NOT AT ALL happy with its build-quality as i will be explaining...
It's a Marshall, right? and when buying a Marshall you expect the best quality construction on the face of the earth. hmmm. OK, i've had this amplifier for 2-3 months now, and already it is perishing, i will have to take it back at some point. First of all, the sound sometimes randomly decides to stop completely! thats right, the amp just fades out. and then in again if i'm lucky. and this is after 2 months of sitting in my bedroom- under all the perfect conditions it saying in the Owners Manual that it should be. ~I AM NOT HAPPY~ But whats more, over the last few days when i switch on the amp, the fan starts buzzing in the back, it stops and starts constantly, which as you can imagine is extremely off-putting, but can usually be fixed with a slight shake. I have to admit that after reading other reviews of this amp before i bought it i had been warned about the fan being "complete fucking shite" as the reviewer put it...
So not so good marks on the construction quality section *rolls eyes*
Awesome Amplifier, I am impressed completely- APART FROM THE CRAPPY BUILD QUALITY! *looks angry-hehe*
But seriously, i'm not sure if i would reccommend it to you, as my relasionship with it hasn't exactly been the best of the best. But maybe this particular one happens to be faulty, as it is sincerely unlike marshall to produce anything of below top-quality.