Price paid: $ 150
Purchased from: Musar PH
Features — 6
The MG15CD like all Marshall amplifiers are made durable. The MG15CD hones the classic Marshall design with the stylish gold plate and logo on front. The knobs and the input materials are of high quality as well. It includes a shy 5 or 6 Knobs... 2xvolume, gain, bass, contour, treble with three input jacks... guitar, CD in and headphones. It has an OD switch to select either of the two channels. The Marshall MG15CD includes the regular packaging like its brothers and manuals that have presets if you are into those types of guides.
Sound — 7
I play rock and metal, and this amplifier has decent ability to make some rock tones, but fail to go anything more brutal (it becomes muddier the further the settings are put)... making its OD switch underwhelming. Again this MG amp like the others excel in clean tone, classic warm Marshall sound. I use this practice amp with a Joyo Extreme Metal (Ibanez Tube Screamer also tested) and JF Analog Delay driving its clean tone and it just becomes instantly better. The sound of this amp is actually (hundreds)of miles better than the younger MG10CD, don't know what Marshall has done to the latter.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This will survive long sessions of playing and transporting. The outer body is built heavily, with the screen never having any scratches on it and the finish never been damaged (after many travels). I have no comment on the electronics, but knowing that this is Marshall it is probably durable enough to display its name. I will never use this amplifier live or in small gigs, but this amplifier will last very long as your practice amp. Not to mention that Marshall amplifiers just look really good.
Overall Impression — 7
I play rock/metal and this amplifier could be a match if you spend a little bit more to drive its clean channel with pedals. As a rock/jazz player its OD settings alone could give you some acceptable fuzz when playing lead. I had this with my many practice amp for 5 years and its durability was just amazing... one of the heaviest amps I owned for its size. It is easy to compare it with "similarly priced" amplifiers (there are better amps out there though), but if you are experimenting for that Marshall sound, this is a good entry level product to start your journey (having used massive JVM Marshalls). I think it's okay for what it is built for, there is a version with reverb too in the form of FX.