Price paid: C$ 45
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 7
The sound produced by this amp obviously won't be loud at all, as it is almost pocket-sized, but it manages alright. I play pretty much just rock, covers, as well as my own stuff, and this amp is fine for that. It likely would manage with some 'lighter' metal, as well. I would use this amp only for travelling (when I wouldn't want to lug around a bigger amp), or for outdoor gatherings. Note: This is not my practice amp, I use a Vox VT30. The Clean channel on this thing is decent, it brings out most of the sound of the guitar itself, but it certainly isn't anything special. The OD seems pretty average on it, and since there isn't a gain control, the amount of Drive varies based on the volume. At Max volume, the amp produces a nice "crunch" sound, but since the sound quality isn't very good, your ears will Hurt, slightly.At low-to-mid volume, there is not much difference between the OD and the clean channels. The amp can achieve some pretty decent rock sounds, but there isn't too much variety. Overall, I think the sound is pretty good, if you take into consideration that this is a micro amp. Don't expect this to compare with $1000 amps.
Overall Impression — 8
The appearance of this amp is pretty nice. Mine is painted red, but there may be other colours available. I've been wanting one of these little micro amps for a while, and I'm entirely satisfied with this one. Again, I play Classic/Hard rock, and this amp manages for a little fun outdoors or while travelling. I bought the amp one day when I went to The Music Shop to try some Highway One Telecasters, and to buy some strings, and at the register I saw one of these little amps and thought, "Why Not?", and I'm glad I picked it up. It's a lot of fun, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a main practice amp and definitely not a gigging amp. If it were stolen, I would eagerly purchase another, because its just so much fun. This amp holds its own against amps like the Marshall MG10, or the Fender Frontman 15R, but those two amps aren't exactly known for their tremendous capabilities. I would recommend the Marshall MS-2 to anybody who travels often, or who enjoys playing outdoors, or needs an amp for night-time practice. This thing is great fun!
Reliability & Durability — 8
I have owned this amp for 2 months now, and there have been no problems. I think this amp was used about 30 min/day through the two months, and it sounds the same as it did when it was new. I wouldn't even think of using it on a gig, because it just isn't powerful enough. The amp seems to be pretty durable, but if you were to drop it a few too many times, it would surely crap out. But it is Marshall quality, and you could expect it to last you long enough so that it becomes entirely worth what you payed for it.
Features — 7
This little amp was made in Vietnam, year unknown. The amp has 2 channels, one clean, and one OD (selected through the same knob). It has 1 tone control an 1 volume control, as well as a large-sized headphone jack at its side (You can also clip it onto your belt). The amp has the bare essentials, but it's a pretty cool little amp for some at-home practice.