"Nice looking amp, Crap build quality. Not "Made in UK", Assembled in UK from cheap, Chinese parts. Don't be fooled by the mark"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
The reason i give this amp a low rating is because the entire chassis vibrates with open chords even at low volume. The pre-amp tubes are microphonic to boot. The amp generates a great tone, but with a rattle in the mix who cares? it sucks.
The worst you say?...here's why - quote:'what materials and parts were used..'? Cheap tubes, cheap chassis, cheap wiring. All made in China, even the cone. This amp is touted as Made in the UK. Don't fall for clever marketing, it's not UK made, assembled in UK maybe but the quality of the components is bottom dollar. Even for this price point.
Ease of Use:
very straight forward features, easy to get good tones out of it...ignoring the rattles that is.
Think I've covered this extensively by now. The amp looks great. Nice piping, tolex solid feeling knobs. Real Beaut. The concept of this amp is fantastic, but Marshall have soiled their reputation with poor execution, fancy-pants marketing and poor quality control and build quality. I would expect this from a low dollar, made in China solid state but for a "UK MADE" all tube amp it's crap.
returned to seller. No contact w/ Marshall
for $200 it would present some value, a little, not a lot.
The Wow Factor:
It's a Marhsall. Can't go wrong lusting after the mother of all tube amps. It's beautiful to look at, but a microphone doesn't care what it looks like, jut what it sound like.
If you lust after a Marshall, wait until you can afford a legit one...like a Modern Vintage. If you just want the look, this has it. If you want the sound...a sound that's usuable for studio work or a mic'd gig...even an annoying free practice, keep on looking.
Already on it's way back. No replacement, just a refund.