NAD - Marshall Studio Vintage Combo

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  1. graybeard65

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    Ordered it back in February, knowing that it was going to be on back-order for a while…the wait was kicking my butt!

    turns out that it was really worth the wait!

    for those unfamiliar - Marshall says that the studio vintage amps are a faithful homage to the plexi amps, but scaled down to 20 watts, with a further reduction to 5 watts at the flip of a switch. Mine is the combo with a 10” speaker, and it’s similar in size to my 5E3.

    it arrived in a box that was deceptively large - but it was really well packed, and looked handsome with black tolex and gold piping, and a vintage grill cloth - top panel in gold plexi, and a vintage looking gold vent.

    plugged it in, and flipped the switch - and dayum…it sounds fantastic! I’d been worried that the 10” speaker wouldn’t sound great, but it’s great in this amp, and the amp is plenty loud - it’s more than enough for nearly anything I’d typically play (casino/VFW Hall/county fair/street dance)

    it’s a bright amp - too bright for me on the high treble channel - but when you jump the channels, magic happens. I’ve got the treble on 3, the mid on 6, the bass is on 8, and the presence is off - normal channel dimed, and high treble on 8, and it just roars with the guitar wide open.

    roll the guitar volume back and it cleans up well, and its warm and sweet with just a bit of crunch when I dig in -

    speaking of digging in, its über responsive to how I play. It is one of the most responsive amps I’ve ever owned…and I love the dynamics that the amp has.

    definitely still in the honeymoon phase - but I may have found the perfect amp for me. I tried it with a couple of other speaker cabinets - a Jensen 12” and a Weber 12” - both were nice, but not as nice to my ears as the stock 10”. A buddy has a great 4x12”, and I’ll give that a shot next.

    great little amp - grab and go for gigs or rehearsals, or use the 5 watt option for living room playing!
     
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    Fantastic - that was a long wait. I am glad it was worth it. Enjoy!
     
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    Been considering one of these myself. Congrats!
     
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    Nothing like a good Marshall, just something magical about them no matter what guitar you plug in. As you said adjusting the guitar controls and your picking dynamics can give you so many sounds. Enjoy it man. I go between a Marshall and my jc40 as my top two amps myself. The Marshall just has a feel good factor to it though.
     
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    HNAD, Congrats

    I have the Head version SV20H and it is the best amp i ever played.

    Cheers
     
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    Nice.. I have an old JMP but these new versions are really attractive by having an fx loop too.
     
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    But...but...but....where’s the pictures?
     
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    jeez, i had to google for pics. consider 'lazy internet bragging' added to the list of first world problems..
     
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    cool amp tho
     
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    "...when you jump the channels, magic happens..."

    Yup, that's a plexi! :cool:
    Congrats, sounds like a great amp.
     
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    Cool! Maybe it is a faithful recreation-I used to run my metal panels treb & pres off mid & bass full, channels jumpered, into closed back 4x12 green or black backs. That’s close to what you’re doing and I could see a little bit of variance because you’re into a combo.
     
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    Sweet amps, congratulations!
     
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    What happened to the whole "pics or it didn't happen" crowd!
     
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    HNAD!
     
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    Cool amp and congratulations, but no photos?
     
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    My bad - I meant to post pics - E41E085C-BB57-4866-849F-FFD81349C27C.jpeg 99B6DD10-E5C2-4329-AA5C-971584ABE57B.jpeg 41970150-76B8-442B-8F02-5CC83358DD3D.jpeg E0D6D599-D603-4D0A-9FE7-865B6171E9F6.jpeg
     
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    Had the SV20H since they came out and the Mini Jubilee from before they were called 'Studio' I think they are great amps and the Vintage in particular. I've been toying with picking up the SC20 combo to complete the set, since I could just about justify the combo version as a grab and go amp rather than another head. Good to hear what you say about the 10" speaker.

    Happy new amp day. :)
     
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    I've been interested in one of these since they came out, though I haven't made time to find one to play. Like many, the idea of a 1x10" combo was a little off-putting, despite the fact that some truly great amps are 1x10". Glad to hear that it does the job!

    So, out of curiosity, is the cab large enough to physically fit a 12" in there? I grant that it might not be a good idea, but I'm just wondering.
     
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    Envious! :D
     
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    I know some guys that put a 12" in the Combo, but you don´t need that, the 10" speaker sounds great, I have a friend that has one and it sounds fantastic.
     
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