Price paid: $ 219.6
Purchased from: middlesbrough music centre
Sound — 10
As I have already said you can get lots of tonal variation from this thing, for the type of music that I play I have a high gain setting for that distorted sound but you can have the very clean tone needed for other styles of music. The only problem is the buzzing when on a high tone setting from the bass but this is to be expected on any amp. I have been running an Encore PK40 through it and it has 2 split single coil pickups which give a great funk/rock tone on a high setting on the amp and an awesome rock tone on a low setting.
Overall Impression — 10
Marshall is known as the father of loud and that is no lie. It has the best tone possible for rock/metal although it can be used for funk/jazz/blues etc aswell. If I lost it in a fire I would most certainly buy it again although I would be hard pushed to find another one at the same price: they retail at 360 GBP and got it for 120!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I got it second hand and there was only a very small amount of damage on it which I only noticed after a while of owning it. I havn't really had enough time to drop it although it has had one or two knocks. If it stands up to marshalls very good reputation on durability it should be with me for a long time.
Features — 10
I play basically any style of rock and this amp suits it all. It has a 2 band rotary eq and a 5 band graphic eq and this means that you can get a very bassey hard rock tone all the way through to a funky twangy type sound. It has a compressor to smoothe out those unwanted peaks as Marshall put it and a limiter so you cant go too far either way (high or low). I bought it because I needed something with more power than my old Kustom kba 10 and I can already see (after 3 days of owning it) that I will not need another amp for some time, the 12 inch speaker cone can more than stand up to the beefiest of drumkits to play over and the line out socket means you dont have to mic up to a pa system and you wont get all of the unwanted noise.