Price paid: £ 40
Purchased from: Runcorn independent guitar store
Features — 8
Can't remember the specific year but looked to be around '90s-'00s. Looks pretty much as expected gold knobs gold back plate white Marshall logo on speaker grill. Knobs buttons and ports were clean (volume), distortion/overdrive volume, gain, treble, mid, bass, reverb, FDD, channel select guitar input MP3 input headphone/out. The FDD seems to "focus" the sound and make it sound better. Have used the input to plug my MP3 into and worked well as did the output which I plugged my wireless headphones into and had no issues.
Sound — 8
I have a Jackson Kelly and play probably 70% metal/heavy stuff and to be brutally honest the built in overdrive wasn't really enough on its own. I got a DigiTech RP500 pedalboard which makes pretty much any sound possible so isn't a factor but is a bit of a faff when just want a quick jam. Good for AC/DC and that type of sound but really really thick distortion isn't really possible especially at low volume as I play in my bedroom. On the whole though it sounds very crisp clean and the spring reverb is very natural sounding. The Frequency Dependant Dampening should be on all the time really as when it's off it's a bit slack sounding and the drive lacks clarity. Coming from a Vypyr to this was a bold move but couldn't be bothered going through loads of settings to have a little mess around.
Reliability & Durability — 10
No problems here, solid construction with good weight. Doesn't feel like it was a afterthought or built from spares. Looks the part too all the metal parts are like brushed brass kind of colour/effect. The corner had little Marshall logos on the top which was a nice touch and really showed the attention to detail. The mesh on the front of the speaker looked really good quality as did the covering. Don't actually know what the reason of spring reverb is opposed to regular reverb except it makes a twang noise when knocked but it sounds good and had no issues. Didn't buy the amp new so don't know it's past but everything was 100% and couldn't fault it.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall it was a good amp and for the price it was more than enough for a hour or so a couple of times a week. If your into really strong clean tones and a solid rock tone like T-Rex you'll be in safe hands. Unfortunately it wasn't for me and have gone for a Roland cube which is a little more versatile and has a few more features. I don't play enough to warrant getting individual pedals but a good overdrive, delay, compressor and wah could transform the sound entirely but I suppose will never know.