#1
I just noticed an all valve marshall that's in the sort of price i'd be able to afford...

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/marshall-dsl401/283

but is it any good? i've lost my ability to trust any marshall amp below £500.

Also i'd like to know what styles of music it'd be good for

I'm not looking for a new amp, i'm just curious. I don't want people to recommend amps in this thread.
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#2
it's a pretty nice amp, i like it anyway. it can do everything up to really heavy metals. 80s metal and hard rock is where it's at. it's cleans are decent but they could be better. Have you given the Orange Tiny Terror a look? if it's not what you're looking for then the dsl is a good buy, provided it suits your playing... which would be?
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#3
yaaa man what he pretty much said but also its a jcm amp pretty much and anything with jcm in it thats made by marshall equals pretty good stuff
#4
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it's a pretty nice amp, i like it anyway. it can do everything up to really heavy metals. 80s metal and hard rock is where it's at. it's cleans are decent but they could be better. Have you given the Orange Tiny Terror a look? if it's not what you're looking for then the dsl is a good buy, provided it suits your playing... which would be?

as i said i'm just curious about it, as i was browsing GAK i just looked at it and thought "hmm".
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#5
ah sorry, missed that bit. well there you go
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#6
its a good amp. but thats it. not amazing, good cleans, good distortion, good sound. but for £400 (i think its around that now) i think for classic rock etc its a great buy. apart from the fact you can get a JCM900 combo on ebay for around the same price now, and i think they're better alround amps.
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#7
It's alright, although it doesn't sound great at low volumes at all, and has the same kind of speaker as an MG! The valves are also naff-ola. Swap out the valves and the speaker, and you've got a decent piece of kit - quite similar to the Valveking in that respect, also in the specs interestingly. I'd rather have a Valveking though at over £100 less...
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It's alright, although it doesn't sound great at low volumes at all, and has the same kind of speaker as an MG! The valves are also naff-ola. Swap out the valves and the speaker, and you've got a decent piece of kit - quite similar to the Valveking in that respect, also in the specs interestingly. I'd rather have a Valveking though at over £100 less...

heh yeah, it will probably cost more to get it "fixed" then, i think a laney VC30 is a better option for me anyway for a start i've tried one of those and I like what i hear...

at the moment i have no need for an all valver though please don't kill me for saying that... because i'm not yet gigging, my current amp (Vox AD50VT) will do the job for the time being (it will even make a good enough gigging amp imo)
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#9
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heh yeah, it will probably cost more to get it "fixed" then, i think a laney VC30 is a better option for me anyway for a start i've tried one of those and I like what i hear...

at the moment i have no need for an all valver though please don't kill me for saying that... because i'm not yet gigging, my current amp (Vox AD50VT) will do the job for the time being (it will even make a good enough gigging amp imo)

Yeah, I know what you mean. Sometimes I feel my Valve Junior is too much for a bedroom amp... Until I turn it on

Haha, the Valveking's got me intrigued now. I probably wouldn't get one, but a speaker change and a Valve change wouldn't cost much...

But the Laney would be better and cheaper still, aye. Know about anybody who's tried those Sound Citys yet?
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#10
well when i tried it i fell in love and brought it. I duno why, i didnt want the impracticality ofa half stack, suits my classic rock, hard rock style bril. I love the cleans,they might not be clean clean, but lovely punchy sound, like SRV, just very nice overall amp. Ticked all my boxes, just go try em really
#11
wel i tried a laney in the shop VC-30 and i had my heart set on that amp. But after i tried it i just didnt like its very mellow tone (even with TS808), but when i plugged the DSL401 in, i was like thats mine, and broughtit there and then. What ever rocks your boat, basically what im saying is dont listen to anyone, just try em.
#12
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wel i tried a laney in the shop VC-30 and i had my heart set on that amp. But after i tried it i just didnt like its very mellow tone (even with TS808), but when i plugged the DSL401 in, i was like thats mine, and broughtit there and then. What ever rocks your boat, basically what im saying is dont listen to anyone, just try em.

yeah. the big, big problem with that is where i live... there are no places that stock many amps, most of them are just Marshall MGs and Line 6 spiders... the occasional solid state laney, and very rarely a small valve combo will appear.

I went to swindon this weekend and got to play a laney VC15 briefly (too briefly to even check out the distortion), and also got to play a VC15 locally once before and i liked the tone, but i can't really remember... and i played a DSL401 briefly in Turnkey/Soho Soundhouse in london, again not long enough to really tell whether the amp was what i'm looking for or not, but i know it was pretty good.
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#13
Well I've got one, but had problems with the tubes ever since I bought it.

It was temporarily fixed, and when it was I found it too trebly and weak. Pinch harmonics would sound thin and the reverbs crap. I've tried a billion settings but can't seem to get a good sound from it.

I'm probably going to sell mine if you're interested...!
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#15
the DSL401 is a cracking amp. i upgraded the speaker to a Celestion Vintage 30 and put JJ tubes in the pre-amp and EHX in the power amp. i use it for a metal style tone with my tube screamer boosting it. I've had so many people compliment my tone. For the price it's one of the best around in its category. it is also very versatile and covers a broad range of music genres/styles.
#16
^ You should try JJ poweramp valves. Much better than the EHX for that, awesome tone.
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#17
I'd be tempted to go for it - OK, so only example I'veplayed is thejcm2000 half-stacks, but 40W should be plenty of beef to grind, and it's got a good enough sound.
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#18
^ a wise move but it'll probably be overpriced.


edit: i suspected correct, over £1000
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^ You should try JJ poweramp valves. Much better than the EHX for that, awesome tone.


If I knew anything about amps I'd get this done if it makes it sound so good. How do people know to do this?
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#20
yeah, i'd prefer a vc30 over a dsl401, to be honest, as long as you don't need metal...
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