Originally Posted by hbach
From Marshall's point of view: Not at all!! Imagine if they would still be doing JCM800s and Jubes which seem to be much loved. Everybody would be complaining about how Marshall doesn't bring out anything new, they would have lost even more market (to Mesa) with the Seattle sound. Now they can still sell Plexis, 2203s and Jubes as reissues and signatures and make a good buck with them, which I think is a smart idea. You have to think that every product line requires resources and as a company they have to bring out as many lines as are sensible business wise. They can't keep every model ever launched in production.
Generally people want new models, cars, amps everything. Even the old-schoolers want there to be something new so their vintage stands out and is valuable.
Valid and I do respect your point. But,lol, it is my thought that many of Marshalls later attempts at pleasing the public demand fell way short of what they could have achieved. Half Assed if you will. As far as competing with Mesa that IMO was what lead Marshall into a world of what I consider many to be Ratty distortion tones. I as many here have used Mesa only to return to Marshall after the Mesa Honeymoon was over. Again you have a great point but I was there too in 1990 when Marshall introduced the 900 series. The 2100 and 4100 are like night and day. Marshall simply abandoned the entire JCM 800 1987/1959 2203/2204 and 2205/2210 models. I also think it is important to mention that I respect the JCM 900 series as I do the Jub's and 6100's.
I really try to wrap my head and heart around Marshalls newer designs but I am disappointed that after 21 years the JVM as it is a decent amp is the Flag Ship of the Marshall all Tube Head series. I have owned a few Re-Issues. Though they perform satisfactory, the Components still just lack the Mojo and tone of the original models as substitutions must have been made. IMO a 1979 JMP 2203 is far superior in tone to the later JCM models which are still superior to the Re-Issues.
I believe Marshall made a poor decision in 1990, not with the 900 series but in dropping the lines that Made/Make Marshall who they still are today.
I am very pleased to see the technology finally surface that is being used in the AFD & YJM Models. About Damned time. Thank you Santiago.
Hard to beat the Older amps with an asymmetrical OD pedal like the Boss SD-1/OD-1. Smoooooooth sustain. Nothing Ratty about it.
Best to you.