Cool Documentary On History Of Marshall Amps
Have you Ever Owned a Marshall Amp?
Have you ever owned a Marshall Amp?
YES [ 4 ] ** [44.44%]
NO [ 5 ] ** [55.56%]
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Todd Simpson
Sep 19 2020, 09:22 PM
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I do enjoy a good music related documentary smile.gif If you have a fave, please do share a link in this thread. I liked the "TIL THE LIGHT TAKES US" doc about Black Metal when it came out and there are tons of others. If you have a fave, please do grab a youtube link and share!

This one is about MARSHALL and how the legendary "STACK" came in to being. I didn't know any of this before I watched this doc. Some choices that I thought were aesthetic, were entirely practical, come to find out. If you've owned a Marshall, please tick YES in the poll question.

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Sep 19 2020, 09:56 PM
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Never owned a Marshall, had a Park 25w combo once, bloody awful, loads of microphonic feedback, it was, at the time, Marshall's budget brand https://guitar-dreamer.blogspot.com/2013/08...estoration.html

It mentions Park here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Amplification

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I started out on a Marshall, MG30DFX. Never quite liked it and never came back to Marshall after that. I've played through a half stack on occasion though, and it's not too bad actually.

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AK Rich
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I currently own a 1978 Marshall JMP 2204 Master Model 50W Mk II Lead head with the cascading gain mod that is switchable and attenuated and also an fx loop installed. Fantastic amp! I also have owned a Marshall 9100 50/50 watt dual monobloc power amp which I also thought was a great amp. I used that in the early 90's with a GSP-2101 Studio Tube preamp/processor and Marshall 1960A cab. Great sounding and versatile rig. And just for shits and giggles, I have a mini Marshall half stack that runs on a 9 volt battery that actually sounds pretty damn good if you put it into a guitar case and close it most of the way.

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The solid state marshalls have not impressed me much. I did enjoy a full stack in a music shop, but that was a big tube head. I thought it was interesting that the 4x12 was created because the marshall was ripping speakers apart when it was first built. The old speakers couldn't take the power so they started using more of them just to keep the speakers from blowing.

QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Sep 20 2020, 01:12 AM) *
I started out on a Marshall, MG30DFX. Never quite liked it and never came back to Marshall after that. I've played through a half stack on occasion though, and it's not too bad actually.



Nice collection! That 2101 with a tube power amp was a dream rig in the day. I had a one of the21xx series not that long ago and was really impressed with it. I got in to buying/selling gear on ebay and tried wads of multi fx/preamps. That one was one of my faves. The tube eq patch alone was worth what I paid for it. That mini marshall is what dime used to warm up with and he could make it scream!



QUOTE (AK Rich @ Sep 20 2020, 04:04 PM) *
I currently own a 1978 Marshall JMP 2204 Master Model 50W Mk II Lead head with the cascading gain mod that is switchable and attenuated and also an fx loop installed. Fantastic amp! I also have owned a Marshall 9100 50/50 watt dual monobloc power amp which I also thought was a great amp. I used that in the early 90's with a GSP-2101 Studio Tube preamp/processor and Marshall 1960A cab. Great sounding and versatile rig. And just for shits and giggles, I have a mini Marshall half stack that runs on a 9 volt battery that actually sounds pretty damn good if you put it into a guitar case and close it most of the way.

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I had a JCM800 2x12" combo.
100 watts, single ch. w/master volume. I bought it used. I 'think' it was an '85. I sold it around 1992.
Loud.
Heavy.

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I now have a Blankenship "Variplex" 50 watt head which is a clone of a 1968 Superlead "Plexi" non MV (model #1959SLP).
I much prefer the non master volume Marshall sound. As famed as they are for their higher gain tone, a (well maintained) nonMV
Marshall clean(ish) sound is a thing of beauty.

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I learned in the documentary that they started created power amps that would rip a single speaker in half and had to add a second speaker to the combo as a result, just to take the wattage. Later came the 4x12 for the same reason. I'm guessing a 4x12 combo was just too heavy to lug around so they broke it in to the head / cab. Necessity is the mother of invention smile.gif

QUOTE (klasaine @ Sep 22 2020, 11:35 AM) *
I had a JCM800 2x12" combo.
100 watts, single ch. w/master volume. I bought it used. I 'think' it was an '85. I sold it around 1992.
Loud.
Heavy.

Attached Image

I now have a Blankenship "Variplex" 50 watt head which is a clone of a 1968 Superlead "Plexi" non MV (model #1959SLP).
I much prefer the non master volume Marshall sound. As famed as they are for their higher gain tone, a (well maintained) nonMV
Marshall clean(ish) sound is a thing of beauty.

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Sep 22 2020, 03:08 PM) *
I learned in the documentary that they started created power amps that would rip a single speaker in half and had to add a second speaker to the combo as a result, just to take the wattage. Later came the 4x12 for the same reason. I'm guessing a 4x12 combo was just too heavy to lug around so they broke it in to the head / cab. Necessity is the mother of invention smile.gif


I'm pretty sure it was Pete Townshend's idea to nail together (stack) two 2x12" cabs, spawning the 4x12".
Sort of related ...
When Eric Clapton was playing with John Mayall's "Bluesbreakers" the story goes that he asked Jim Marshall to build him a stage volume worthy amp that would fit in the trunk (boot) of his car. Hence the JTM45 (bluesbreaker) was born. It's a 30 watt 2x12" combo that at the time was less expensive than either the Vox AC30 or a Fender Bassman.
Really cool amps if you've never played one. Darker voiced and with less gain (and tremolo) - though you can jump the channels for more gain and brightness. *Very cool feature on many amps from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s.

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Sep 23 2020, 09:54 PM
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I think you are correct! The documentary mentioned the wattage problem but I don't remember petes name so I went looking and YUP!!!! You nailed it. Pete requested a 100 watt amp and an 8X12 IN ONE CABINET!!!!

They built the 8x12 for him but it was so heavy that his roadies were about to mutiny. So he relented and let marshall create the classic 4x12 cab and used a pair of them. It took that many of the speakers of the day to absorb the wattage of the monstrous 100 watt head. Here is an article about it.

https://petetownshend.net/news/pete-feature...marshall-stacks




QUOTE (klasaine @ Sep 22 2020, 07:32 PM) *
I'm pretty sure it was Pete Townshend's idea to nail together (stack) two 2x12" cabs, spawning the 4x12".
Sort of related ...
When Eric Clapton was playing with John Mayall's "Bluesbreakers" the story goes that he asked Jim Marshall to build him a stage volume worthy amp that would fit in the trunk (boot) of his car. Hence the JTM45 (bluesbreaker) was born. It's a 30 watt 2x12" combo that at the time was less expensive than either the Vox AC30 or a Fender Bassman.
Really cool amps if you've never played one. Darker voiced and with less gain (and tremolo) - though you can jump the channels for more gain and brightness. *Very cool feature on many amps from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s.

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