If your dream amp is a plexi, save up for one. I had one and it sounded great but it was way too loud and there was a big volume spike between 1 and 2. Usually 2-3 was good for band practice, and it didnt break up yet at that volume. I threw a hot plate on it and it sounded like crap. If you have played one and liked it go for it. If you just want one because of EVH and Hettfield, play it first. The best Marshalls I've ever owned were the Slash sig. and a JCM 800. I had a JPM1 and EL34 100/100 power amp, the Plexi, a DSL 401, and a JCM 900 SLX. The Slash is the one I wish I never got rid of. I also has reliability issues with my Plexi.
Personally I cant say enough good things about Orange amps, but those are pretty expensive and seem to be hard to come by.
I have played one of the Marshall reissues, and I loved it, but couldn't justify spending $2500 on it, which is why I figured I' try my luck with one of the Ceriatone replicas. As far as cranking it to get that saturated tone, I could always build a dummy load or something. I fully expected to have to do something like that, anyways.
I've never even had the chance to play through a Silver Jubilee, seeing as how they're even more rare than Plexi's. I'd love to be able to try one, but I wouldn't have any idea as to where I'd find one. I know for sure I could find a JCM, though. I was looking at a JCM2000 DSL100 at a used gear shop by my house. They were asking $800 for it, and I've been giving it some serious consideration. I might end up going with that in the end, but I'll have to try it some more.
They also have a JCM800 combo there, but to be totally honest, I just flat out didn't like that one. I don't know if it was that particular amp, but it just didn't sound good at all. It sounded muffled, no matter how I EQ'ed it, like somebody had tossed a blanket over it. I'm willing to bet it was just that amp, because everybody seems to love the 800, though.
And even if I decide that I don't like it, JCM's hold their resale value very well, so I could always make most, if not all of my money back.
What kind of reliability issues did you have with your Plexi? Was it one of the originals, or a reissue?
I'd love to get a Thunderverb, but like you mentioned, they are damn expensive, and not very common. I will say, that if I could find a reasonably priced Thunderverb or Rockerverb, I'd forget the Plexi all together, but that's just wishful thinking, eh?
If you want a Marshall, get a Splawn. I'm not usually interested in all these boutique knock offs, but the Splawn Quickrod is possibly the best sounding "Marshall" I've ever played. My father used to gig around here ALOT back in the 70's, and had many Marshalls (including two plexi's), and he too is in love with the Splawn. It's just a great amp. It's not cheap, but it's not too expensive. It's about the same as a Mesa Stiletto Deuce.
I'll definitely give Splawn some serious consideration. I've been looking around their website, and I like what I see. The fact that they do custom tolex is a big plus, too. I really like the Snakeskin.
Any idea where I could find one to give it a try? As much as I hate Guitar Center, I'll be checking out my local one to see if there's anything that catches my eye. I'll see if anybody traded off any Splawn's there.
I reckon check out the Peavey Windsor, seems to be some good reviews on it. Maybe also check out the Orange Tiny Terror and see if that will suit you too.
Yeah, I've been really thinking about the Windsor. A lot of reviews seem to say that it's voiced a lot like a Marshall, but I'm a little skeptical. If they really sound as good as a Marshall, and they're a fraction of the cost, why isn't everybody jumping on them?
I plan on giving one a try, for sure, but until I do, I'm a little wary of it.
And I'm honestly not sure if the Tiny Terror is powerful enough for me. I know that 15 tube watts is really, really loud, but when you're playing in a gig, I'm not sure how well it would be able to cut through everything. If I thought that the TT had enough power, then I'd jump on it in a second.
Thanks everybody! I appreciate the help.