Re: 50'th Anniversary JTM 1 - How is it?
I know this thread was started a while ago, but it seems like these 1W amps are so controversial at every forum I read about them. Having the JTM-1H and the JMP-1H, I have to disagree with the statement that these are only collectables that are of little use at home. At least with the cabs that I use them with (Scumback equipped 2X12 for the JTM, Egnator Rebel 1X12 for the JMP), these amps work great at home. My 35W amp is usable, but it doesn't do what it can if I can make it breath a bit more (master above idle.)
I was able to dime the JTM and JMP (at the 1W setting) in a small 10X12 room and not affect my hearing, and no complaints from the wife (or at least not about the volume.) It certainly isn't an apartment amp on the 1W setting, but in my house it works just fine. Add in that I really liked the tone, and I had a winner for me.
Now for those that didn't care for the tone, that I can understand. Or at least I can understand not wanting the amp because of it. Sure the Class 5 is cheaper, but it is its own thing from everything I've read, not voiced to try to mimic a JTM, JMP, or JCM sound at a reasonable volume. Those that own those amps have said they believe that Marshall achieved that objective.
If someone feels that an amp is about moving prodigous amounts of air, well then these are just not the right choice. Then again they probably consider bedroom playing secondary to their goal, not primary. Personally I don't care if I can gig with one of these amps or not since I don't do that and have other amps for that if I did. I'm not sure I would call myself a collector, but these just hit the spot for what I wanted. Apparently it did for many others since the amps seem to be selling out everywhere.
To be fair, I'm considering letting the JCM-1H go as there are other amps I'm interested in as well for the same or less money as others have commented. Three of these amps might be just a bit of overkill, aside from being pricey.
However, I am glad that I got the ones I did. I was thinking that a 4X12 would be nice, with two speakers dedicated to each of these amps. That way I could wire it for stereo and choose the right speakers for each one, and then look into a pedal to switch either or both on at the same time. That sounds like fun.