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Marshall origin 20

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by tele-nova, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. tele-nova

    tele-nova Tele-Meister

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    I'm considering purchasing a marshall origin 20 head. I bought a dsl1hr a little while ago but im a little disappointed with it. The gain channel is so so and the clean channel is too bright. Curious what you guys thought of these origin amps. I would be running it through 2 1x12s loaded with a g12h30 and v30
     
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    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    There's been lots of threads about the O 20. Check out some. Lots of personal reviews there.
     
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    I haven't heard anything bad about the Origin 20.
    I dont "need" a Marshall, but if an O20 floats by at a good price, I'd have to find room for another amp.

    They dont sound like a JCM, definitely not a dsl. they have thier own thing going on.
     
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    Depending on what music is your preference check out the SV20 and SC20 heads. Ones a JTM45 preamp, the other is a JCM800 preamp.
     
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    I use TWO Origin 50. In different bands

    I like them more than the 20. Way more headroom at the 50W setting. The the medium is like a 20W and then you have 5W for silent (not so) use

    Is more a JTM45 thing than a JCM800... like an hungry Bassman and more but not high gain at all. I love them. I was playing a Princeton and a Bassman and sold them when I played them. But that is just me
     
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    I have the 20 head and go through my laney 2 x 12" cub cab. I love it, never been one for two much gain, so it is ideal for me. It can achieve clear ringing tones too a good blues mix, but have never used full gain so I cannot speak for that, it's not what I do.
    Have recently started using a fender marine layer reverb and fender pelt fuzz, and have finally found the tond which almost matches the one in my do, so I am very happy with it
     
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    Owned a DSL1 for about a year but sold it as I could never get the EQ dialled in to sound good on both channels.

    I tried a second hand Origin 20 a few days later and fell in love - it has a great variety of cleans available with the EQ, presence and tilt options. I use pedals for gain but digging in to the amp only can get some nice sustain and feel.

    I play it through a MX112.

    In my view treat it as a cleanish amp and if you like the Marshall clean you won't be disappointed.
     
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    Supposedly built for a blues breaker sound
     
  9. BluesRockDude

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    I have a 20H that I mostly use as a home amp. I do love it, but I mostly either play it clean or use it as a pedal platform. For my circumstances - an old flat (apartment) with poor sound insulation - using the amp's drive sound isn't something I can do very often, as both the preamp and power sections have to be pushed before it breaks up.
     
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    I don’t own one, but the 20w combo is on my wish list. Played it lots at the local store. As others have said, it’s not a JCM or DSL sound. When you crank it up, it definitely gets a Plexi vibe going - put a booster or classic overdrive pedal in front of that and you get great “heavy” classic rock tones.
     
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    I had a 20h for about a year. Nice amp, but I never fell in love with it - just couldn’t get the tone I wanted.

    Play Orange amps now that have much more versatility for me.
     
  12. tele-nova

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    Well I just bought it
     
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    An or 15 is on my wishlist
     
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    I love my Fender blackfaces but I have a cool Marshall t-shirt that I like to wear. However I feel strange doing so since I don't own a Marshall amp.

    So yea, this is on my list as well. Just gotta have a Marshall because they look so damn good. . iconic.
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    I think that's the biggest mistake people make when going in - expecting a Plexi or JCM 800 type sound. Doesn't help that people tend to describe these amps in terms of "Plexi on a budget."

    On the other hand, if you're a fan of the Bluesbreaker sound, I think this gets close enough to scratch that itch, while still being able to do its own thing. Personally, I like them a lot, and plan to pick up a 20 watt head by the end of the year.
     
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    I laughed way harder at this than I care to admit.

    But yeah, I think the Origin series is a nice compliment to the BF sound.
     
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    I’ve had an Origin 20 combo since May. I’m a Marshall guy going way back. My first Marshall was a ‘76 50 watt JMP head and matching 4x12 cab. Since then I’ve had 3203 rigs, 800s, 900s, VS, and Mosfets. I got the Origin because it’s not any of those. It’s way more of a JTM vibe. Which is one I’ve never had and had always wanted. But the reissues and originals are both priced out of my budget.

    The JTM amps are pre-Plexi. IMO, the Origin amps do not do a Plexi thing. And they certainly don’t do an 800 thing. The bright side is, the EQ setup and gain/master setup are incredibly effective, and with pedals, you can get basically any Marshall sound you want out of this amp.

    I use mine pretty much exclusively on the full power setting. I use it with an Egnater 1x12 ext cab. It makes a great little rig. With the pull boost, tilt control (coolest amp control ever) three band eq, and presence, this little amp covers a LOT of ground.

    It’s not a reissue or a clone of the 62-66 pre-Plexi JTM amps. But it’s definitely in that ballpark more so than anything else they’ve made that isn’t an expensive reissue. It’s a really cool vintage voiced Marshall, and an excellent pedal platform.

    My only gripe is that I’d like a little bit louder speaker in the combo. But I have t changed it. With the 95db combo speaker, paired with the 99db speaker in the ext cab, the combo speaker kinda gets a little buried. I’d love to have a 10” version of the ext cab speaker, but if it exists I can’t find it.
     
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    Our Friend Johan really liked the Origin 20 so much so that
    he said “buy this one” Johan Segeborn to me is “The E.F.
    Hutton of Tone.”

    O.K. - Let’s go. :D:D
     
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    Well I thought it was more Plexi-ish when dimed, but maybe I have a distorted view of the Plexi sound. In any case I will say I like the Origin cleans more than Marshall’s costing more than twice as much, and it can get you anywhere with the proper OD and boost.
     
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