Sound — 8
It gives a nice responsive sound, and every guitar I've played through it sounds great in any style, apart from metal. The distortion on the OD channel anything past 12 oclcok sounds absolutly godawful, so you might want a distortion pedal for the job. Suprisingly, the reverb on this amp is pretty sweet sounding to my ears. The amp is very quiet in operation with little or no mains hum, just a very quiet hissing sound. This amp is great for recording with it's 1 x 12" driver. The EQ actually effects the sound, and contour knob which acts like a parametric EQ in a way. The sound is very thick and bluesy compared to a lot of thin transitor amps. I have a feeling they recieved a few complaints about the valvestate sounding so piss poor (in my opinion). It's practically the same amp, just without a valve preamp.
Overall Impression — 7
Good little amp. One of the best marshalls I've heard. Plays clean sounds excellent. Very jazzy. I'd reccomend this amp completley if your looking for a clean transistor amp sound. I have about another 15 various amps kicking around the place, this is one of the better ones for sure. Don't let the name put you off, as really, I'm sure it uses the same components as the MG series (they're pretty bad amps). This little 80 watt is great if your looking for a semi loud practise/recording/small gigging amp. Great for those cleaner 60's jangly tones. Doesn't nessesary drive like a valve amp though.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Now, this amp will probably go wrong, like it did in the first place. Turned out there was a dry joint on the input which isnt a problem. The amp has a well thought out heat sink on the poweramp, it gets quite hot when working, I'm tempted to put a small computer fan in there just to get the air flowing round. it's a tough little amp.
Features — 7
First of all, this amp is amazing as I was given it due to it having a fault. The Amp was made around 1999/2000. It's in excellent condition. It uses the same layout as the 80v amp having 2 channels and a boost on each channel, effectvly 4 channels, with effects loop, reverb and line out and CD in. Very handy little amp. Also a foot switch! It comes with a Marshall goldback 12" driver, which as far as I can gather is just a rebranded celestion. An added bonus to this amp is it dosent have daft built in digital effects.