#1
I found this Marshall JCM 900 50w combo amp for 400€ (second, better said: third-hand).

Changed valves to TAB (Tube Amp Doctor). It's from the 90s. I'm wondering if the amp is any good, or is the price and amp a rip-off?

I can try it before purchasing, but is it a well-worth amp or is 400€ for a third-hand too much?
#2
That's a bit much...if you could get it down to like, 275 euro, that might be more fair. What sort of tones are you looking to nail? Budget? Location? Gigging or just home use?
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#3
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That's a bit much...if you could get it down to like, 275 euro, that might be more fair. What sort of tones are you looking to nail? Budget? Location? Gigging or just home use?


I doubt he'll reduce it that much.

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#4
**** the shut up man!!! god!!!
jks, thats a bit too much but if you could reduce it to like 300-325 it woulld be a cool deal if its in decent condition.
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jks, thats a bit too much but if you could reduce it to like 300-325 it woulld be a cool deal if its in decent condition.



even if it isn't reduced - is it a cool amp? I'm talking about sound and tone
#7
I love the 900/800 Marshalls, and while I agree that the price is a bit high I'd say it's a cool amp. It's a LITTLE bit difficult to get good cleans but they're there.
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even if it isn't reduced - is it a cool amp? I'm talking about sound and tone


I'd say it sounds rubbish. For 400 euros you can do way better and way more Marshall than Marshall themselves.
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I'd say it sounds rubbish. For 400 euros you can do way better and way more Marshall than Marshall themselves.


Unless the Euro has VASTLY exceeded the American dollar recently I'd have to disagree with this, and I don't even like Marshall that much.
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Unless the Euro has VASTLY exceeded the American dollar recently I'd have to disagree with this, and I don't even like Marshall that much.



As he wants versatile and marshally amp, I wouldn't recommend the 900, since A: it's not really versatile and B: Unless you keep the preamp volume low and crank the power amp, it doesn't sound very nice.

I've been recommending this a lot, but a Laney VC50 is way better at both those things. At least in Sweden they go for about 400 euro. And music equipment is quite expensive here.

Edit: Haven't tried the Traynor, but it seems quite nice.

Edit2: A Laney GH50L would do if you don't need to be able to switch between clean and overdrive. You'd need a cab though.
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#11
Dude, Traynor. Or the Laney.
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#12
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I love the 900/800 Marshalls, and while I agree that the price is a bit high I'd say it's a cool amp. It's a LITTLE bit difficult to get good cleans but they're there.

I would say the opposite. The cleans are the best thing about the amp. The distortion is ok for punk but to get a decent tone out of them for anything else requires some modding.

Caveat: if you keep the gain down and crank the power amp into clipping it produces a great distortion. Bloody loud though.
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#13
i think i prefer the TRAYNOR YCV50B to the Laney vc50 sound. It is a bit expensive so:

-is it versatile?
-are the valves good at all? (better than marshalls)

PS-I can afford a pedal
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They aren't that bad of an amp really but the preamp distortion is a bit fizzy because it comes from built in SS overdrive pedals. That can be fixed quite a lot with a bit of modding but it does require removing the circuit board and cutting a track and a couple of other things. Not that difficult to do if you have some experience but I wouldn't recommend it to a raw beginner.
Basically they are a bit like running an overdrive pedal in front of a JCM800 - sorta. Trouble is that you don't have the option of turning the pedal off.
For what you want I'd say you'd be better off getting the Traynor and I'd only settle for a JCM900 4502 if it was substantially cheaper.

Now I am assuming it's a 4502 because you haven't actually given me a link. If it's an SL/X then that would change everything. The SL/X slays a Dual Reverb.
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They aren't that bad of an amp really but the preamp distortion is a bit fizzy because it comes from built in SS overdrive pedals. That can be fixed quite a lot with a bit of modding but it does require removing the circuit board and cutting a track and a couple of other things. Not that difficult to do if you have some experience but I wouldn't recommend it to a raw beginner.
Basically they are a bit like running an overdrive pedal in front of a JCM800 - sorta. Trouble is that you don't have the option of turning the pedal off.
For what you want I'd say you'd be better off getting the Traynor and I'd only settle for a JCM900 4502 if it was substantially cheaper.

Now I am assuming it's a 4502 because you haven't actually given me a link. If it's an SL/X then that would change everything. The SL/X slays a Dual Reverb.


You're saying the TRAYNOR YCV50B is better (even though I have a MIM HSS Strat) than the fuzzy JCM900?

Also keep in mind that the Traynor wold be noew, the Marshall wouldnt
#17
That's exactly what I'm saying - unless the JCM900 is an SL/X.
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#18
What Cath said.
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