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Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by markeebee, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    I'm really liking my 50W Marshall JMP at the moment. It's heavy though. Not in a Black Sabbath way (although it is), but in a "weighs the same as a horse" way. Also, our basement rehearsal room gets a bit damp. So I wanted to get something that I could leave there without worrying too much about it getting ruined, and was a bit easier to lug around.

    This Mosfet combo came up locally. I remember them being billed as a 'solid state JCM800" so I took a punt.

  2. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Erm, there seems to be a blue guitar in the picture. I thought you only ever played black ones!
  3. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    Firstly, I totally crapped out on the 'light and portable' thing. It weighs, like, two horses carrying a cargo of bowling balls. Unbelievable. There doesn't seem to be much in there, but I think it's all made of lead.

    Also, it goes insanely loud. I always believed that solid state amps were wimpy. This is 100W of brutal force.

    But, here's the kicker: it sounds glorious. Really. Genuinely. The clean channel has a real powerful depth to it, actually very reminiscent of a Twin. The mucky channel....if I locked you in a darkened room with this and a 'real' valve amp (and I will do that) I honestly think you would find it difficult to tell which was which.

    Frankly, I'm amazed at how good this sounds and surprised by how overlooked this range is. Still, should keep it quiet really 'cos I got it for a hundred quid :p
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  4. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    It looks black when I turn the lights out.

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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats Mark. Nice pick. I remember the Mosfet 100 promo speak. “Sounds like a JCM800”. I got real close to getting the head version. Got an Artist 3203 model instead. A hybrid. Being neither, that’s gotta be even worse than Solid state.
    Of course this was the time people waved smelly fingers at ‘80 Japanese LPs. Ha!
  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
  7. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Congrats, sounds like you picked up a winner! Lots of great SS circuits out there whose only 'flaw' is not having tubes.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2019
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  8. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Synchromatic

    Nov 11, 2018
    Paris, north down Montmartre hill
    Congrats, a nice companion to your Mosrite?
  9. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    ok so Marshall have managed to even make a super heavy solid state amp huh - they are special at making absurdly heavy but ......... surely it can't be heavier than a Vox - they really are the experts at heavy for no apparent reason :)

    Can you get any decent Malcolm tones out of this new Marshall?
    I'm an ex JCM800 head owner - does your new baby sound anything like a real one?
  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Congrats on the new amp , enjoy
  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I had an original 50W Silver Jube. I like the Artist much better. The thing with the Jube was it had to be set offensively loud before it gave up the goods.
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  12. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    Yeah, it's AC/DC in a box. Sounds a lot like my JMP in a side by side test.

    Don't just take my word for it though.....

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  13. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014

    yeah I heard the same thing about the Jubilee.
    I played one once and agreed - great when cranked :)
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  14. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    To be honest: I never tried one of these because of the Mosfet layout. If it works for you: G R E A T.
    Mabe I should try one and correct my prejustices.
  15. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Synchromatic

    Jun 20, 2017
    Looks like a great rehearsal amp to have around. So how do you like it? Do you play mainly clean, dirty?

    Also what's up with that cool Jag-U-Ahhhr? Duncan Hot or cool rail in the bridge?
  16. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Congrats. Any idea of the actual weight?
  17. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    I'm in a bit of a dilemma really. I like a fairly crunchy sound best. I can't work out with this amp whether I like the clean channel with the gain up, or dirty with the gain down.

    Yeah, it's a Hot Rails. Sacrilege, I know :D
  18. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    According to my bathroom scales, it's 77lbs / 35kg. AC30 is 70lbs, Fender Twin is 64lbs.

    I haven't taken the chassis out yet, but I'm assuming there's a black hole in there.
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  19. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    You'll be needing a roadie. Someone not too bright, but very good at lifting things.
  20. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    77 lbs, is it loaded with a pair of EVM speakers??
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