Ok, time to make a decision.

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  1. WetBandit

    WetBandit Friend of Leo's

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    My indecisiveness is wreaking havoc on me atm...


    As some of you know I have preordered one of the new Marhsall Studio heads.

    I'm having a time choosing between either the SLP or the 800.


    Wich would you choose and why?

    More importantly wich should I choose?

    I've got a 100w 2203 but as you know, that's a world beater and can only be handled in small doses.

    I dont really have anything that will do what the 800 does at lower volumes...

    And then again having a 4 holer in the collection would be awsome!

    If I could get those cranked early-mid 80s Dokken, Ratt, Scorpions etc... tones out of the slp It would be a no brainer, but I'm worried it may not have the gain needed?

    The 800 on the other hand should surely deliver in that department especially with a boost for lead work.

    Thoughts and opinions on wich of these would serve my purpose better.

    I'll be using through an open back 4x12 with X pattern Texas heats/ Swamp thangs.
     
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    I wont be of much help 'Cuz, I love my 50 watt -800 4104, once it warms up it kicks
     
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    Love my 100w 2203 it's just so damn loud... I mean too get it to really open up and do its thing.. master needs to be on at least 4 wich through a open back 4x12 with High efficiency speakers is LOUD.

    Especially in a small room.
     
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    a good friend of mine said he has a 400 watt marshall ( YOW) Ive seen it but he's never fired it up for me and I did not get a close up of it
     
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    I have a Marshall Mode Four MF350 head that rips wallpaper off the wall, but never heard of 400w Marshall. Now the Marshall MF400 cab yes.
     
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    800 series is the best option for me; I use it for lead stuff and that's about it.
     
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    Holy smokes!!! That sounds suicidal!

    But man it would be awsome to feel it move air!
     
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    i have plexi mod DSL100h, classic channel is darn close to my jmp and had choke added and changed so many caps, the idea was to have a clean channel and then hit switch and it was boosted then over to ULtra and its 800-900..and mission accomplished..all the Marshalls i have..the DSL has delivered the 3 sounds of Marshall i require and it took a lot of experimenting and going against the norm..but have it and at at any vol level it delivers.I did use a jcm800 -jmp and SLX to get it set to by my amp guy to my 3 fav type of sound i use..he got it !!
     
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    400W Marshall tube amp (for bass but....)

    https://marshall.com/marshall-amps/products/the-archive/vba/vba400

    The new Studio Series are definitely very interesting :)

    I have a 100W superlead so the four input Studio Vintage looks good to me.

    Never played with a 2204 but the Studio Classic has me thinking hard about a 50W clone build.

    Good luck with your decision. I'm sure I was no help....:)
     
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    80s rock/metal is JCM800. Period. You want that amount of crunch, that's what you get.

    Plexis will do quite a bit of crunch when dimed. But to get that extra hair beyond ACDC you will need a pedal. Lots of players in the 80s used pedals, even with with 800s.

    If I were to buy a new studio series, it would be the JCM800 version. I have a DSL20, and it actually does JCM tones ok for the price, IMO. And it does it well at low volumes, even at 20watts. I don't know if the studio series can do that or not. In my case, not worth that amount of money unless I'm darn sure it can. Most of my playing is at home and recording nowadays.
     
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    Yea, I've got an original 2203 and it is amazing but it's also a paint peeler.


    Wonder if i could do what I'm wanting out of the plexi though without having to use so much external stuff it loses that plexi thing they do?
     
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    yes..there is more jcm800 type tones in the DSL's than most are willing to admit..last years DSL really was on...very usable amp and the Origins are plexi like type and these amps set theground work for these studios. looking forward to an Origin soon when everyone sells them for latest craze..have some friends who really dialed them in and if you are pre jcm800 era fan..really got it good
     
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    You can always....

    Closed back, single 12 Cab, 16 ohms.

    Stick your existing cab in another room, run cables.

    Build a "box" to put it in while you record.

    Unplug three of your Four Speakers.
     
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    I think the plexi will still have to turned up pretty loud to give up the really crunchy goods without any other help from an attenuator or pedal. Lots of players like the plexi cleans, so that might not be an issue for them. I don't particularly need or want cleans, so the 800 would definitely be my choice. As much as I miss my old JMP, I have absolutely no need for something that loud or powerful nowadays. My little DSL20 does what I want well enough.
     
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    I built this with an 8 Ohm 100 watt Jensen and mic'd off with a beyerdynamic off axis and a sennheisre E609 on axis fed from my garage to the studio so I can run My high powered stuff late at night and not kill the neighbours




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    That's awsome and also bit elaborate for my needs.

    I'm not recording (yet) so I'm just looking for "the" sound in the room.
     
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    its fun not Pissing off the neightbours though, at 3:00 AM :lol::lol::lol::lol:and still getting your sound
     
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  18. WetBandit

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    Yea I dont really need cleans either... I own a twin reverb....don't get any cleaner than that.

    And I have some other low wattage high gain options in a blackstar and a egnater tweaker...

    And a plethora of dirt pedals, but none do the "thing".... and you know the thing I'm talking about.
     
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    Luckily I don't have to worry about neighbors, but I do have my hearing to consider.
     
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    stud guts.jpg
     
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