Price paid: $ 1264
Purchased from: Steve's
Sound — 9
I use a PRS Santana SE with this, and a 150W 16ohm homemade cab with 2 celestion speakers. It sounds very nice. I play a sort of post 3rd wave ska core, so I need to have a lot of verstatility. I need to be able to run out a smooth dubsound and a heavier hardcore punk sound, and this does the trick. The distortion goes just short of being metal, which makes it perfect for punk, and with the deep Switch I can easily dial in some sick reggae/ska/dub clean. Honestly, the distortion could be better; it slightly lacks warmth, therefore I would not want to use it in a studio setting, but for Live it really cuts through the mix, better than a lot of amps that might sound a little warmer.
Overall Impression — 9
I love it. Perfect for anything that needs a smooth, deep clean, or anything rock based short of metal/numetal. It is a perfect match for those who play contemporary ska. I've been playing 5 yrs and this is really the amp for me. I would probably buy this amp again. I love the versatility, and the way that it cuts through the mix. I hate that the sound cuts out when you Switch between clean and distortion. I looove the deep switch. I was debating on whether to get the Peavey 5150 which was a little bit cheaper than this amp. I found that the Peavey was a little bit clunky sounding, and didn't have as nice of a clean as the TSL. Plus, the 5150 sounded best when it was very driven, whereas with this amp I could have optimal sound at slightly less driven.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Marshall's are known for reliability. I'm hoping that's true. I have a friend who uses this amp and he has been using his since the early '90s for gigging/touring/etc. and has never had a problem with it. I'm hoping mine will hold up the same. A few days ago, I had a little glitchwith it. the volume cut down to just a little more than nothing. I rotated the tubes, and all was well. I don't know, perhaps a little dust or something like that. Should hold up though.
Features — 7
Mine is either a 2006 or a 2007. You have probably already read the features so I'm not going to go too into details, but basically the 3 channels is really nice, the only feature I think that could be added is a separate EQ for the "crunch" channel. I don't like how it shares an eq with the lead channel. It is not ideal but it is workable (I think it has a separate eq on the 100W model) the 5 button footswitch is pretty nice, the wire seems cheaply made, but looks like it will last if you take care of it. One thing I don't like is that it cuts out when you switch between Clean and distorted channels. If I played in a 1 guitar band then this would be a huge issue for me. I like that the fx loop can be wired as a lead boost by just running a patch cord thru it and pressing the button to +4db. I use this amp to practice and power small halls. It is easily loud enough to do any room for up to 500ppl without PA support. The deep switch is amazing.