1987X Discussion

Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by Biff Maloy, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. Trapland

    Trapland Well-Known Member

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    Do yourself a favor. Don’t assume latest tech will always sound the best. If you get yourself a Powerbrake and play it a couple weeks, then try a hot plate or unleash or any resistive attenuator you will know latest is not always better. Luckily Powerbrakes can be had for 200-250. Unleashes are double that and sound half as good.

    But if you like dark tones, you may not like the Powerbrake as it’s one of the few attenuators that actually retain the original highs. Some, like the hot plate, add back some select highs but only because it killed them in the first place. If it has a way to add highs, then someone else is deciding which highs to add and it’s not the original EQ of the amp.

    After spending thousands on attenuators, I have yet to find a more transparent one than a Marshall Powerbrake. And it was designed to be the safest one for use with a Marshall.
     
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    neikeel Well-Known Member

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    Of the three attenuators I have (Hotplate, Motherload Elemental and Alex) I prefer the Alex it is simple and effective and you can select to keep the highs at different levels.
    Re-ampers don’t really appeal to me.
     
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    "I have yet to find a more transparent one than a Marshall Powerbrake..."

    It's called: "Fluxtone Speaker." The winner of the battle of the attenuators.
     
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    Sure, but do they make a fluxtone with a 50 year old pulsonic cone?
     
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    ampmadscientist Well-Known Member

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    They make several models of Celestion speakers with the factory parts and speaker frames.
    Also EVM and several others...
    The difference is: electromagnet instead of permanent magnet.
    A Fluxtone is a field coil speaker.
    Although it is the most expensive method of attenuation, it is also the most accurate by far.
    Made in USA with a lifetime warrantee.
     
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    neikeel Well-Known Member

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    Those speakers are a great idea but you would have to sell the rest of your speakers and cabs just to buy 1 speaker of each type.
     
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    Wow, you must have more cabinets than Yngwie.
     
  8. neikeel

    neikeel Well-Known Member

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    Yep those fluxtones are expensive!
    I’ve sadly sold the pinstripes and a few others. Still got plenty
     
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  9. Biff Maloy

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    2nd clarification since i did start the thread. Ive given it some more thought and changed my mind about the 1987X. I like the tones ive heard and its not a knock on the amp but 50 watts is a lot for my needs and then having to use heavy attenuation. My Mini Jubilee 2525H has been perfect at jams so im sticking with the Studio Series. Im going to get the SV20H and the SC20H later.

    It was a weak attempt to simplify my gear but I'm BSing myself because i like gear and especially Marshalls.
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member

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    Nothing wrong with that, I am sure there are many more just like us here.
    Cheers Mitch
     
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    Mini Jubilee 2525H

    Yup, you need 2 more spare 2525. what if one has a bad tube in the middle of a show?
     
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