Price paid: $ 149.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I play with an Epi LP Standard, and a Fender Standard Strat HSS. Mostly playing classic rock and blues. For me the tone of this thing has done more than blown me away. There isn't a single aspect of this amp where I'm left wanting more. Real nice cleans, and the addition of a separate gain knob on the clean channel can grant you some real smooth bluesy crunch. The overdrive channel sounds good and can get you some nice light crunch or a real beefy slam. Some people have mentioned they don't think it could handle metal well, but I think it sounds pretty great with a heavy crunch. Maybe death metal players would be left wanting a little more, but that's not what I play so I'm not worried about it.
Overall Impression — 10
I realize I sound like a Marshall salesman, but I have to say again, there's nothing about this amp that leaves me wanting more. It sounds incredible, and if you watch closely you can get it at a steal. Easily compares with Marshall's substantially more expensive amps, and just downright looks amazing. I would be happy to pay even double what I got this amp for. Fantastic amp.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I don't move it around much but its heavy, and seems very solidly built. I can trust that if I was a gigging musician that I could drag this thing anywhere, even without a case, without having a backup. It's got nice rubber feet on the bottom, and corner protectors. This was a used amp, and being that I think this model is from around 2003, for it to still look pristine in 2011 I think is an excellent message that this thing can handle some abuse.
Features — 10
I just bought my AVT50H from Guitar Center's Used Inventory site, for a great price. Have really been wanting a Marshall, but didn't want to go with some junk like the MG100HDFX, but at the same time couldn't afford (and didn't have the patience to save up for) a Plexi or JCM800. Let me just say this thing is like gold to my ears. I've only been playing a couple years, but I think this thing easily compares with Marshall's far more expensive line up. Has the basic EQ functions for each of the 2 channels (clean, and overdrive) and a quite nice sounding spring reverb. Also has a CD-in and Headphones jack with easy access right on the front. Has 2 loudspeaker outputs for a full or half stack, emulated DI, and an effects loop send and return on the back. Perfect.