Price paid: $ 599
Purchased from: Online vendor
Sound — 9
The unit is very quiet with average pickups used. I have a simple Squire strat and even with those basic pickups I do not hear hum or noise when the guitar is sitting idle and the pickups are fully turned on. The gain on this amp in crunch mode is simply wicked.
Overall Impression — 9
I would like to see the pedals effects like a Vox Tonemaster SE, or GT-10 built into the unit someday. I would also like to see a loop control built into the unit as well. That would be really cool.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Well, considering it is a tube amp, so far so good. As I mentioned previously, the master controls for resonance, reverb, and presence do not work on my unit. The one at the store did work so it may just be an odd ball.
Features — 9
This is a two-channel Marshall amp. It is a tube/valve unit, not solid state. It has an effects loop in the back for hooking in effect pedals and the like. A foot Switch also comes with the units. It has one 16 ohm and two 8 ohm connections on the back as well. I am planning on putting a Vox Tonelab SE in the effects loop connections and a DigiTech jamman in front of the amp to see if this combination works well. The sound out of this unit is tremendous. Clean or crunched, it sounds great. The controls adjust well. I have one issue with my unit and that is the master circuit for reverb, resonance, and presence does not work. Since the unit is brand new, it should be covered under Marshall's warranty. I don't know if this is a one time deal with this circuit or whether it is in the whole line. Other users will have to comment to see if this is the case. My suspicion is that I just happened to get a bad unit. The one I demo'd at the Samash store did not have this issue. Compared to the Haze40 Marshall, this amp blows it away in sound quality. I compared some Line 6 units as well as Peavy and this unit was simply the best for a combo amp. The unit also has 100W versions for both head and combo. MA50H, MA100H, MA50C, MA100C. You get the picture. I'm interested to hear what other users have to say about tube/valve units in this price range from other suppliers. Rock on!