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post #31 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 02:03 PM
 
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Re: Marshall amp solution

I have the prescence on my TSL100 set to 4 and it doesn't sound fizzy at all to me. I can't think why it'd sound flat or whatever. I guess it's really up to things like guitars, leads, pedals or whatever. I dunno, mine just sounds great
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post #32 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 02:19 PM
 
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I found the TSL100 head to be a bit characterless. The combo sounded better though.
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post #33 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 02:31 PM
 
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Mode Fours are cheap in England, are they pricey in the States then?

I have to say, even I asked why do we need a 350 Watt hybrid amp? Lol we're killing ourselves with 100 Watt amps just perfectly.
I think all Marshalls are cheap in the UK, at least next to what we pay for them.

The MF heads alone sell for about $1500 in US dollars which is almost the price of a DSL or TSL. As bad as I find the JCM 2000s for all tube Marshalls, I still greatly prefer them to a MF
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Oh, and when i tried the Mode Four out at the marshall factory it lasted as long as:

-turned it on
-played a chord
-turned it off

less than 5 seconds. it was rubbish.
I didn't even think it was even good for a solid state amp. Gallien Kruegars back in the 80s were much better and cheaper! If it was $300USD, then I might take it seriously.
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post #35 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ooh that is pricey, I paid £670 for my TSL 100, If i want a DSL 100 then I can get one for £530 and a Mode Four for about £450
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post #36 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 04:40 PM
 
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I think Mesa Boogies in England must be like Marshalls for America?
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post #37 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 04:50 PM
 
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£670 british pounds is about $1200 USD if the website I used for conversion is accurate. £530 would be approx $950 and £450 would be $800 which is still a bit much for a MF IMO. Here they cost more than a DSL and almost as much as a TSL which I guess is because of where they try to market the MF?

Also old handwired Marshalls are pretty cheap out there from what I have seen as well. Makes me want to visit the UK when I have some money
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post #38 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Just watch the import tax! I would have some stuff from the USA from **** if it wasnt for import tax and customs costs.
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Just watch the import tax! I would have some stuff from the USA from **** if it wasnt for import tax and customs costs.

I didn't think Evilbay would get taxed? Alot of my mates have bought guitars and amps from America pretty cheap
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post #40 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Its just a gamble with the customs to do with importing when the stuff arrives in the UK, sometimes you win, sometimes you dont.

I know people who have paid £200 - £400 to customs and excise on equipment coming from the USA. From Europe is fine, as we are all in the EU. I bought an Ibanez Jem from France and got it back no problems. But different story from non EU countries.
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post #41 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 10:52 PM
 
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Just watch the import tax! I would have some stuff from the USA from **** if it wasnt for import tax and customs costs.
I'd have to hide it pretty good I guess!
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post #42 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 11:37 PM
 
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I must have played at least 100 JCM 2000s. They all sucked hard.
I was disappointed in my DSL50/1960A cab, and admittedly the tone was buzzy, thin and harsh. I changed the speakers out to V-30's, and even though I could hear a slight improvement, the overall sound was still poor. I tried new tubes and discovered the bias was set extremely high from the factory. Lowering the bias to published specs helped, but the tone was still short of the magic Marshall sound.

Eventually it occured to me to experiment with the bias settings. I was blown away by the difference in the tone after lowering the bias settings well below factory specs. The difference between 40mV and 45mV is dramatic. I run each tube at 39mV now.

While I was at it I took the time needed to replace the tiny wire and melted impedance selector in the cab with some healthy 14-gauge wire, which also made a big difference.

If you have played 100 JCM2000s, I trust you didn't have the opportunity to adjust the bias on each or rewire the cabs before trying them.
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I found that on low volumes the JSX was a bit buzzy, but when cranked you can lower the gain and still get the same sexy sustain :P
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I didn't think Evilbay would get taxed? Alot of my mates have bought guitars and amps from America pretty cheap
You have to play the fed-ex/UPS lotttery though to avoid tax. You have to seriously undervalue your guitar for the shipping insurance so as to not get hiot for ridiculous sums of money, which means that if the shipping people lose it otr break it...



Back to the marshals, I have never seen the point in the MF. If it sounded good then maybe, but it just sounds like poo...
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post #45 of 67 (permalink) Old 02-01-2006, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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I just posted some photos to Marshall to try and get onto the readers amps thing, where people send in photos of themselves with the marshalls, a little sad i know, but alot of fun!
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