#1
I have an opportunity to grab one of these on Sunday and I was wondering if anybody has any experience with these. How is the tone? Reliability? I will have a chance to check it out but I have to drive 1 1/2 hours and I will avoid it if it is not worth it. I play mostly hard rock in the vein of Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Tesla, Guns N Roses, Motley Crue. Any opinions would be appreciated.
#2
Its good for what you've listed. Just try it out.
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#3
It's one of the only 900s I'd buy. Great amplifier.
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#4
well, i've got this thing just few days ago, and, seeing the bands you like, it should be good for you. I can't tell you much, because i only tried it at sellers house (i don't have cab yet), but what i heard conviced me.it has great crunch, and when i say great i mean it's ****in definition of great crunch. for clean you have to roll off volume knob, some say it sucks but i like it because i like having a little overdiven clean tone.but keep in mind, it's no fender clean. it has a lot of gain, more than i will ever need, two gain knobs, but if you dime the two, you get a lot of noise(at least in my case). but that happens when you dial like obsurd amount of gain situation, i play metal (thrash and heavy mostly) and i wont need that much.I also notised high gain can become fuzzy, but i havent played with it a lot and this could probably be dialed out with careful EQing.and for the price i got it i couldnt be happier...i mean, i paid 400 euros as for reability, i cant tell you much. but those old marshalls can have some problems, if they didnt have proper servising or such...but a visit at a tech could fix everything, i think.

so, in my humble opinion its definitely worth trying out. its a beast
#5
How much is it?

most people shy away from them because of the diode clipping issue.
They say they're not true tube amps because this.

Some 900's are a true 800 2203/4 though. The SL-X, they were also badged as something different at some point.

anyway, back on topic, if it's an SL-X it will do exactaly what you want, they sound like a jcm800. a plexi on steroids.
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#6
Thanks for the responses. Sounds like I will be making my way to check it out. It is actually part of a trade I am working out. I am trading a Spider Valve head and a Jay Turser guitar for this head and another Marshall MF280 cab. The diode clipping does not bother me. The Jubilee has diode clipping and I would give my right nut for one of those. I am just looking for a good tone for the music I play, I don't really care how I get there, diodes or not. But again thanks for the responses and if anyone else has an opinion I would love to hear it.
#7
Well I set it up to check out the amp and I hope that it works as advertised and sounds good. Again thanks for all the responses.
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You already have these... How many JCM circuits does one man need?
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#9
You are missing the JCM 2000 DSL 50...never have enough I guess. I need a backup for my backup.
#10
Personally, I'd get something different, like one of those clearance AC50s.
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#11
I probably will go with something different when I am paying for it. This is part of a trade deal. Next I am probably going to go with a JVM410h. Not a Vox fan at all. Of all the JCM's out there, to my knowledge I have never played a 900 series. That is the only reason I was asking. I will have to check out the AC50 and see how the tone is. Thanks for the suggestion.
#12
Yeah, I'm partially suggesting it just out of curiosity. It's supposed to be higher gain and darker sounding then Vox sounding amps, it might make a good compliment to your Marshalls.
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#13
I really like the 900, think it sounds great. If your getting it used though check it all works okay first, I'm having a bit of trouble with mine at the moment
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#14
Quote by STABxYOU
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You already have these... How many JCM circuits does one man need?

I might have another single channel 2204 or DSL 50 for cleans soon.
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#15
Yeah I always have loved my 800 and currently I own a 2203 but I am considering picking up a 2204 if I can find a good price on one. That is probably my all time favorite amp.
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Yeah I always have loved my 800 and currently I own a 2203 but I am considering picking up a 2204 if I can find a good price on one. That is probably my all time favorite amp.

I tried a 2203 as well. The added headroom and bottom end were nice, but I found the overdrive on the 2204 to be much smoother and pleasing to the ears. It also gets very punchy if you boost it just a tad so I never saw the reason for the extra wattage.

They're both fantastic amps though - very touch-responsive.
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#18
The responsiveness is what drew me to the JCM line to begin with. That and the fact that I am a product of the 80s hairband scene. I love my 800, it is the amp I *hopefully* will never part with, the 2000 series are also nice, very responsive, but different. I am just hoping that the 900 line lives up to my expectation. I have definately heard the 2204 seems to be a little easier to get nice the nice power amp saturation, the 2203 is overpowering loud.
#19
The MKIII and SLX are very highly thought of 900s. Both sound great imo.

However, you already have 2 Marshall-type amps... I personally wouldn't get another one, but that's just me Though, the 900 is a different sound than the 800/Windsor, but the 6100 can do them all
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The MKIII and SLX are very highly thought of 900s. Both sound great imo.

However, you already have 2 Marshall-type amps... I personally wouldn't get another one, but that's just me Though, the 900 is a different sound than the 800/Windsor, but the 6100 can sort of do them all

Fixt.

I thought we beat this horse to death already?
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Fixt.

I thought we beat this horse to death already?

I guess...

The 6100 has the hawtest dirty clean tone I've ever heard though
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#22
But actually I have 3 Marshall type amps, I just can't update my sig as fast as I buy gear and I have run out of room. That is just a portion of my gear, I also have a JCM 2000 DSL50. Also recently I have picked up a Mesa Dual Rectifier, that I will be trading off, and I just got a line on a Bugera 1960, and since I have never had a plexi style circuit, I will probably grab that as well. I have not seen too many 6100's around this way, my local GC had one and it was sold the same day they got it for $1299, way more than I actually want to pay. I look for deals and hop on them.
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#23
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I guess...

The 6100 has the hawtest dirty clean tone I've ever heard though

It's a great amp and I want one for a bit more versatility, but I'll still take my 800 for the crunch.

If you ever put it up for sale, you must contact me.
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#24
So I did pick up the 900, next question does anyone have experience with what tubes work best for a nice blues rock warm tone? Thanks again to everyone that offered up their opinion. I will post pics later today.
#25
standard for marshalls have pretty much been el34s. GT makes an el34m xf2 that sounds very good. Probably my favorite of current production el34.
#26
Any preamp recommendations? I currently use Electro Harmonix 12ax7EH in my DSL and use Tung Sols in my 800. I honestly just don't know what will sound best in the 900.
#27
I've been using Tung Sol reissues in my amps, I like their brightness, and they're cheap as well.