Originally Posted by red5
They do sound better with V30s, but that's true with anything (in comparison to the G12M75s).
I gave my reasons. They are the fizziest distortion sound I have ever heard from a tube amp and the power side does not cut it for me on the higher volumes like the earlier Marshalls do. They sound better than most Marshalls on lower volumes, which makes them good practice amps, but Marshalls don't sound killer until you turn them to 10 anyway.
They do run pedals really well, I'll give them that. Using the clean channel on a clean setting, I was able to get better distortion using a Rat than the amp had on the distortion channel. The rat did not work nearly so well with all the other amps I tried it with including my two Marshalls, so I ended up selling it.
Well i don't really understand that
I put my lead channel on the classic sort of scooped setting (Prescence 4, Bass 8, Mid 2, Treble 6, Gain 8.5) and it sounds really smooth. I think the problem is that you might be boosting prescence too much or something. It doesn't sound fizzy to me at all. In fact, compared with other amps i tried at the shop it sounded the smoothest. I put it up against a Mesa Rectifier, 5150 (newer version one), JCM900, A JSX and a JCM800 and it sounded the smoothest to my ears. Ironically, the JSX sounded the most over the top fizzy to me (on lead channel that is - crunch channel sounded better).
I also put a DOD Death Metal distortion put through the clean channel. Now THAT
is a treble fizz fest
Absolutely perfect for 7-string thrash. I can now get the fizziest most over the top screamming treble and the smoothest warm distortion from the same amp by just tapping two buttons
That said, lots of big bands use the TSL2000 nowadays (albeit mainly for clean stuff with a MF350 or whatever for distortion), but if you turn the amp up, put the deep switch in and hit a B chord on a 7-string, your nuts are guarenteed to rumble