Need help identifying my 2203 800

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  1. L902

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    Just picked up a JCM800 2203 for $900 canadian which is a really good price here. I did some googling and it looks like it might be a 1985 or maybe even later based on it having 3 filter caps and being horizontal inputs, where as the older ones had vertical inputs and more than 3 filter caps.

    Can anyone help me identify the exact year and iteration of this 2203 because I keep reading they made some changes every couple years.

    Anyway the amp sounds amazing! I have a JCM410h, JCM900MKIII 2500, and a vintage modern 50 watt, and it's probably twice as loud as the JVM and 3 times as loud as the VM/900s.
     

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    It looks like a 1997 special edition, its missing the special edition badge that should be in the upper left hand corner of the front logo panel.
     
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    Wow, I didn't even know those existed. Just looked them up and they are real original JCM800s so all good by me :)
     
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    yea, it's definitely from the 90's and it looks like a badge is missing from the top-left as mentioned.
    I didn't even know they made JCM800's in the 90's
    How many years? was it a limited run? I always thought 2203's had 6 filter caps?!

    **mind blown***
     
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  5. L902

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    I googled it and looks like Marshall found 200 of the 800 circuits so built a run of 200 in 1997 for guitar center, using all original 800 parts. I had no idea about this but definitely seems like the case now after looking at some images. Anyway for $899 CDN dollars I can't go wrong, these things go for $1500 or more up here.
     
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    Nice score brother!
    Cheers Mitch
     
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    Turn it on eleven........I can't hear it!

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    When they changed from vertical to horizontal inputs on the 800 2203's in the 80s they also reduced the number of filter caps from 6 to 3.
     
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    I can barely get it to vol 3 without it being painful haha. My JVM I can get to 5-6 no problem. But it sounds amazing. It even sounds pretty good on vol 1.5 if drastically change the EQ ( I have heard people say you have to get these up to 3 or 4 to open them up).
     
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    Yea they are loud at the sweet spot..I run my 800s with a powerbrake...gets to the goods with just a little less volume..
     
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    How hard do you need to run the power brake. I'm just using this for jamming at my house, I use a combo amp with pedals for playing out because everyone complains about volume these days unless you are in a metal band. I think with my drum kit I won't be able to get past 2 on the volume in my basement without burying the drums. What volume on the 800 would you say is the sweet spot up around half?
     
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    Every 2203 or 2204 I've ever played didn't get any louder past 4 on the Master. It just compressed more.

    Basically 4 and up, you're adjusting the feel of the amp.
    More or less "squish".
     
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    Did this change the sound of them?

     
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    Nice. Even to find one in the states for that price, they're quite often beat to shit. Killer.
     
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    Great score, eh!

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    I like my 2204 at about 4 on the volume..attenuate to the situation..usually just a little off to make it not excruciatingly loud..
     
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    I have had a both 6 cap and a 3 cap 2203's here at 1 time and with the same cab, guitar, ect. I honestly could not hear much of a difference. Some will probably say they can, you know how that goes, but in my experience they both sounded great..like 800's should.
     
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    Thanks Gunner.
     
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    Only to the tone snobs.
     
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