The 2204

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  1. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I think I see a 2203 in your future and the DSL and JVM go away, eh bud? I wouldn't mind having a 2203x myself. Have you ever thought about getting a 4 holer and experimenting with that? I may have become a 4 hole convert. :yesway:
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    And its passive and requires no power! :yesway:
     
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    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    I use to own a 1980 2203! Best sounding Marshall I've ever heard. Btw...no, I like the two other amps....the JVM is cool...no pedals!
     
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    scozz Well-Known Member

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    I have one of these black boxes and it worked fine, but it's just a master volume isn't it? I was told by more than one member here that using one of these on a MV amp is redundant, it simply acts as another MV. It drives the preamp tubes not the power tubes, at least that's what I was told.

    Now if you're using one on an amp that doesn't have a MV, like @pedecamp does with his SV20, that's different. That's adding a MV to an amp that doesn't have one, but even in that scenario the box works with the preamp tubes, not the power tubes. That why some folks use attenuators, so they can drive the power section,...this is where some amps have the sweetest tones!

    If I owned a 4-holer I would most certainly have an attenuator to drive the power tubes. It seems to me to get the most out of these amps at home, an attenuator is a must.
     
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    I just know it works good for me. The smoother pot taper allows much more control. I never have the master or preamp
    dimed anyway as I think the amp just gets too flubby. I generally have an OD pedal on also.
     
  6. Chris-in-LA

    Chris-in-LA Well-Known Member

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    I have one of those black box’s for my 4-hole 1987x. Seems to work great for gigs and rehearsals, not so sure about bedroom volume but it will do that as well. The amp seems to retain it’s sound and punch better than with some attenuators.
     
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    SlapHand Active Member Premium Member

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    I’ve had my 2204 for 36 years!
    It’s a JMP MV and the dry amp in my w/d/w rig... The 1960A cab is replaced with a 1936 2x12 because the 4x12 moved way to much air related to the wet amps (DSL40c and DSL40cr)

    When I’m alone at the house, I crank the 2204 without the DSL’s... If I should describe the sound with one word, I’d say... Seismic!

    These amps are loud!!!
     
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    jmp45 Well-Known Member

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    In the early 70s we practiced in a garage in the country. I was cranking the super lead, garage door up. We got word they could hear us in town about 3-4 miles away. Can't do that now ..;)
     
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    Out of many Marshall amps and in particular the 2203/2204 JMP and JCM
    Funny I do like the JCM version of the 2204 and with my '82 Vertical and '84 Horizontal I actually like the Horizontal better.
    No matter they do differ from one to the next.

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    Really like this little cutie...
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    Nice load o Marshalls there but what I really want to know is the size of that mofo speaker in the bass cab !!??
    BP
     
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    No fair!
     
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    Exactly !! I've not found my 2203's and 4104 to be noticably louder than any comparable 50 or 100 watt MV amp.
     
  13. Kelia

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    Hmmm!........are you sure ,..they're quite different !
    The only way I could pull this off from a JTM45 was to do a Randy Rhoads
    mod on it ,............I had four of them at different time , one had the mod and the other three were very far from sounding like a 2203 imo.
     
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    Sorry.... That's only a part of the group. ;)
     
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    Kick a man while he’s down, eh?
     
  16. BanditPanda

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    Says the man who just added a JVM to the stable but hasn't yet listed it !!
    BP
     
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    LPMarshall hack Well-Known Member

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    It’s my dirty little secret
     
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    They sound like ass untill you get up a bit and 4 is where the sweetspot starts....that is fricken loud!!!!!!!!!
     
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    And where the tinnitus or deafness kicks in LOL
     
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    67mike Well-Known Member

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    Yes........i have played my old 2203 halfstack with mv on 4 in my small jam room......drywall dust was falling from the recessed lights...lol........almost as loud as my 50 watt Hiwatt was.
     

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