JCM 900 LEAD 1960 Question

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  1. Phony iommi

    Phony iommi Well-Known Member

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    For sale locally for $300.
    Tolex is fairly beat up, former touring cabinet. Speakers all work.
    No clue what type of speakers are in it.
    I’m in no hurry to replace the cab I have, and I’m willing to spend more for one if I have to.
    Question: Is this cabinet worth investing in considering I would want to have the outside refurbished?
    Is a JCM 900 worth $500-$600 after all is said and done these days?
     
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    Depending on where you live you could probably find a clean one for around $500 on Craigslist.
     
  3. Phony iommi

    Phony iommi Well-Known Member

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    What makes a JCM 800 cab different from a 900 series?
     
  4. mk2 steve

    mk2 steve Well-Known Member

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    Different speakers, stereo jack instead of mono. Basically the same otherwise
     
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    Just wait for a better cab to come along...but see what speakers are in that thing because you just never know.
     
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    I’ve owned both an MF280A and MF280B. They’re alright, extended bass and smoother treble due to the different speakers (Vintage 30 MF, darker versions of the V30) and oversized cab dimensions. However I personally think the 1960AV/BV (which are their closest “normal” relatives) are better sounding cabs, look better, and have better resale value.

    It’ll certainly work for your style of music though, and they’re decent cabs.
     
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    Those MF cabs are somewhat rare and many like that they are oversize cabs. Speakers can be swapped...
     
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    The speakers are the best part of the MF cab. They're great sounding V30s. The cabs themselves, eh. Built similar to the 1960s albeit with different handles and better castors. But they don't sound as good IMO. Those speakers in a 1960 cab though... I tried that and liked the results. I'd still take a stock AV/BV cab over an MF cab though.
     
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    In the northwest, $300 will buy a clean 900 cab.
    Any more than that, and they sit forever.
    Even a clean 800 cab (nicer sounding speakers, IMHO) will sit at $350.

    Nobody wants 4x12's anymore. Except me, I guess.
     
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    I'm going to take a different route here and tell you that I love my MF400A. I think the MF series shaves the brittle top end off and ads more girth. To me it sounds big and meaty. It can also be dialed in to your preference and they sound tighter then a 1960 in my opinion.

    Take your head and guitar with you and then deicide what you like. Only you can decide what you like.
     
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    The MF400 is different to the MF280. Different speakers. I’ve heard the MF400 is a beast of a cab.
     
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    Yeah its got different speakers but I feel its more the size of the cab that gives it its bigger sound.
     

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