#1
A little backstory....I recently came across a JCM 800 2x12 combo on craigslist for $800. It was steal that I refused to let it pass me by. It's mostly original. The tubes are JJ's and not EL 34's like they originally came with (i think). No mods, completely untouched. I haven't played around with it too much (it's finals week) but it just sounds so empowering. But I also have DSL 40c that I bought last summer when I gave up looking for one of these 800s.

I really want to keep the 800 but the only reason I'm hesitant not to is because of the single channel vs two channel between the two amps. I didn't really care too much for the overdrive on the DSL 40c, it had too much of that JCM 900/Peavy sound that I don't particularly care for. But I did take a little solace in knowing that I had it there when I needed it. But could if I wanted to recreate that sound in the future, would I be able to pedal up the 800 in the future?
#2
Keep the 800. You just said you aren't fussy about how the OD sounds on the DSL, so why would you get rid of an amp you actually like just because the other amp you have has 2 channels? JCMs take pedals well and you can always clean up your distorted sound with your volume knob on the guitar to clean it up.
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#3
Keep both.
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#4
I would keep the 800 between the two. It is the signature sound of 80s British rock. A 2 channel amp is convenient but not necessary and there is a workaround for everything. Half of my amps are single channel and even some of the multi channel ones get used on only one channel all night. Quality tone over bells and whistles every time.

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#5
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#6
800, it's a classic and Made in good ol' mother England under much better quality control and with better components.
The DSL40C is a Chinese cheapo made at the Korg sweatshop.

Each has its uses and I'd probably keep both, tour with the DSL and pamper the JCM800 with the occasional studio gig.
#7
Keep the 800

JJ is just the brand of the tube that is in the amp, but they could be JJ EL34, JJ E34L, JJ KT77 or JJ 6CA7. These are all EL34 variants that will work in the amp just fine
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#8
Quote by diabolical
800, it's a classic and Made in good ol' mother England under much better quality control and with better components.
The DSL40C is a Chinese cheapo made at the Korg sweatshop.

Each has its uses and I'd probably keep both, tour with the DSL and pamper the JCM800 with the occasional studio gig.


I'm not in a band at this point in time but that is certainly going to change in the future. I don't see the point in keeping two Marshalls, especially when one is a JCM 800, for my needs. Either one is quite overkill for a bedroom/practice amp.

Do you think I got a good deal on the JCM 800?
#9
Quote by Headbanger87
I'm not in a band at this point in time but that is certainly going to change in the future. I don't see the point in keeping two Marshalls, especially when one is a JCM 800, for my needs. Either one is quite overkill for a bedroom/practice amp.

Do you think I got a good deal on the JCM 800?

The combo's are cheaper than the heads, so I'd say you paid about average maybe a bit less.
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#10
Quote by Headbanger87
I'm not in a band at this point in time but that is certainly going to change in the future. I don't see the point in keeping two Marshalls, especially when one is a JCM 800, for my needs. Either one is quite overkill for a bedroom/practice amp.

Do you think I got a good deal on the JCM 800?


having more than 1 amp is never a bad thing. ok you're not a huge fan of the drive channel of the DSL, what about the clean channel? if you get into a band later then you have an am,p you can dedicate to cleans or slightly dirty and use teh 800 for the heavy stuff. you'd also have a backup in case teh 800 went down. if there is no compelling reason to ditch one fo the amps then keep both and be a happy.
#11
JCM 800. No contest. You can always get another DSL. JCM 800s are the epitome of rock and roll and can't be found just anywhere.