Looking to add to the collection Good Bad or Ugly

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  1. Hutch

    Hutch Active Member

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    Have a mint JCM 900 4500 50w high gain dual reverb seller says it has 6l6 tubes. Has the picture of the tub with 5881 labeled on it. its a local sale for a good price. question is If you where to add a 900 to your collection would this be a good one or what model of the 900 seem to get the most thumbs up. I see a lot of likes and dislikes. Is it really that bad of a amp? early Christmas money is burning a hole in my pocket LOL.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas !!!
     
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    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    Personally the only 900 I’ve ever bonded with was the SL-X but there are plenty of great tones in those amps too. What is the price/condition of the one you are pondering?
     
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    Looks brand new and asking is $650
     
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    Depends on price for me .I got the 93’ jcm 900 4500 with el34 for $300 - not mint. So I figured I’d take a chance. I love the amp, especially channel a Sounds warm and jtm/plexi ish. I run it in 25w mode.
     
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    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    Can’t really go wrong at that price, a mint SL-X will run you several hundred more IME, and that’s if you can find one.
     
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    mcblink Well-Known Member

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    Do the 900 series amplifiers really sound that drastically differently from one another? I've only had minor experience with the 4100, it's not even my amp,....would be interesting to A/B/C the lot of them
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    i have the DRR. love mine.
     
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    Drinkingdeath01 Well-Known Member

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    I've got the 4100 and I love it. I never really understood the hate for the 900's. I get that they weren't the 800's but they're apples to oranges.
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    it just another flavor. i like the 900's.
    the 900 series sure helped a lot of guys go to work and be heard.
     
  10. Lance Chambers

    Lance Chambers Well-Known Member

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    I have the 4100 Reissue.
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    A SL-X is on my Bucket List.:fingersx:
     
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    Thanks for the input everyone
     
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    Have heard my old amp tech complain about the reparing of the 900. I guess it may be more difficult to get at certain components. I don't think tone was an ever issue. Myself I am a less is best guy. My Jubilee has more controls than I like. If the SV and SC 20 watt amps had been out when I got the Jubilee I might have ended up with one of those instead.
    Merry Christmas
     
  13. Lance Chambers

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    For your listening pleasure:



    :cheers:
     
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    Listening with my eyes closed, I open my eyes and looked every time I heard the one I like best. It was the SL -X
     
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    I’ve got a 93’ 2100 Slx el-34. What I can tell you is that it’s a fire breather . It can do early Van Halen easily and responds almost like a variac. It has a thick almost voxish tone.
     
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    It certainly cuts the mustard! :agreed:

    I wish Marshall would release a new SL-X Reissue.......like the 4100 I have.:hmm:
     
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    I'm with you. I think they all sound good, but that SL-X is different/better
     
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    That would be cool

    But here's the thing...to me, the 900s sound like an 800 with a really nice overdrive slamming the front end. I can get that sound easily with my JMP 2203 or JCM 2204 and a Guv'nor or DriveMaster.
     
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    There’s just something different about an amp getting its overdrive internally as opposed to a pedal imo. At least the player can tell maybe not the listener. It’s more organic feeling. Hard to put into words.
     
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    Chris-in-LA Well-Known Member

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    Different but not necessarily bad.
     
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