#1
I've heard little to nothing about marshall bass amps, less still about their higher end tube amps (which are supposedly of a high standard in the guitar world). however, my recent search for a good 4x12 cabinet has brought me into contact with this: http://www.guitarandampshop.co.uk/acatalog/Valve_Bass_Series_by_Marshall.html

Can anyone tell me if it would be advisable to buy this? Are marshall capable of making good bass stacks or are they, like gibson, wholly incapable? and lastly, if it is crap, what other 4x12s (2x12s would be practical too) would you suggest in a similar price range?
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#2
The tube head isnt that bad i think. Its defiantly not the best, But if you can and you like ti get it.
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#3
Looks good to me. It seems a bit weak in the preamp section, but it should do just fine.
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#5
Looking at that site you can get a pevaey vb2 head, Which i hear is pretty damn amazing.
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#6
k, thanks, will check that out.
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#7
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Id say if your going to spend that much, you can easily do better

i agree. with that kind of budget, you've got tons of other options to look at as well.
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#8
Yeah, explore your options futher.
You wont regret doing in the end.

And if the Marshall cabs are good enough for Chris Wolstenholme (sp?)...
they might not be that bad.


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#9
Oh that marshall cab is a beast. Probably the aquarest cab i ve seen. if its the one im thinking of.
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#10
I've never heard too favorable reviews of the Marshall bass amps... I'd suggest looking around more.
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#11
Lemmy and Chris W. aside, I've never been really fond of Marshall's bass stuff. Its kinda of like Gibson--love the guitar stuff to death, no use for the bass end of things.
#12
Marshall's high end amps are amazing, however they are not for everyone. Look around though, because at that price you have a lot more options available to you.
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#13
Marshall is a company that's steeped in it's tradition. A lot of their amp designs remain unchanged from when they conceived, and many of them were before bass amps even existed. Marshall is not a bass amp company. I think more guitar players use Marshall bass amps as guitar amps proportionally to guitar using Fender Bassmen as guitar amps.

While that tube head is solid, if not very, very basic and unremarkable, their cabs are not proper bass cabs. The actual cabinetry of a bass cab is of utmost importance, and sticking a 412 or even a 415 in a nice little square as if it were a guitar cab is not good.
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#14
If i remember correctly, Family Man Barret from Bob Marley's band used a Marshall amp. Other than that....eh, Marshall's never lack for volume, but theres plenty of other companies that make more versatile rigs for bass. Im not sure they REALLY have bass in mind when they make their stuff
#15
in my opinion, the biggest problem with Marshall has always seemed to be the cabs, my best experiences with Marshall has been the head through a different cab, I've played it with a Markbass cab once, very solid sound.

but, I would grab a used Mesa Boogie over it any day if I was looking for that tube sound.
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Lemmy and Chris W. aside, I've never been really fond of Marshall's bass stuff. Its kinda of like Gibson--love the guitar stuff to death, no use for the bass end of things.
gibson makes some good basses though. my dad owns a 71' eb3 bass and it has a great sound and feel.