After a long time fruitlessly searching for that "holy grail tone" among solid-state amps, I've finally decided to bite the bullet and spring for a real tube amplifier. I love the tone of Marshall amps and they really fit the kind of music that I play, so I've been trawling Sweetwater and my local Craigslist looking for the right British noisemaker. Here are some options that I've come up with on my ~$750 budget:

Marshall DSL40C (seems like a great deal)

Marshall DSL15H 15W Tube Head w/ MG412A - 120W 4x12" Angled Cabinet:

Marshall JCM2000 TSL602

In your experience, are these pretty toneful, reliable amps, and if you had to choose, which would you pick as the best bang for your buck?


Out of the three my choice would be the the DSL40C, though I haven't played any of the new DSLs, I've heard nothing but good things about them, despite the occasion outrage that they are made in China. I never liked the TSLs. And I'd stay away from anything inth MG line.
It depends on what you're after, but if it's Marshall sound the DSLs seem a good choice. With a bit of luck/patients you might even find a 50-100w head with a decent 2x12 around your budget.
+1 on the DSL. When I was shopping for an amp I tried both the TSL and DSL JCM2000s. The TSL felt kind of meh compared to the DSL especially using high gain. Guitar Center used and Reverb.com are good places to look for gear as well. You might find some good deals on Marshalls there.
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Last edited by ltdguy27 at Jun 13, 2016,
The DSL is a pretty decent amp if you want legit Marshall tone. Buy it.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
Thanks for the input so far everyone! I've been checking out some YouTube videos of the DSL, and man can that thing make some tasty tones.

I just sent a reply to the DSL seller on Craigslist, so fingers crossed that it's still available!
Yeah I think the DSL is superior to the TSL. A local music store has the 40 watt DSL that you posted, and I've played it a bit, and I like it - puts out some good sound. The store wants $515, so I'd say you're looking at a good deal.
The DSL15 is fine as well - I have a MG412A cab - it isn't my favorite, but I've only used an MG series amp with it, so I'm not really doing it justice. I'm sure it sounds eons better with the DSL.
I have the TSL head. It was my go to amp for quite a while. It takes some tweaking to find the right tone but I prefer it to the DSL. I don´t do super high gain but classic hard rock tones with a nice creamy solo Sound in the lead channel were all there!