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Advice Needed Please - DSL100HR vs JVM210H

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  1. colchar

    colchar Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a DSL100 yesterday, but it turned out to be the old 100H model and not the newer 100HR model that I had ordered (the originating store had taken in a used model and put it under the wrong SKU).

    I just spoke to a friend who works in the chain and he did a search for me. I can get either a DSL100HR or a JVM210H for the same price ($999 Canadian). I am not sure which to choose.

    The DSL has the half power switch, but the JVM has a level control on one of its effects loops and I am assuming I can plug in a patch cable and use that as an additional master volume like I could on a TSL122 I used to own.

    The JVM would appear to be more versatile, but I have no experience with them so that is just an assumption.

    Due to my lack of familiarity with the options I would like to lean on the expertise of the members here.

    I am only a basement player, and a crappy one at that, who plays classic rock and '80s metal. I would be playing the amp through a Marshall 1936 cab using a Les Paul, Tele (four way switch), and a Gretsch. I do prefer vintage type tones rather than modern ones.

    Based on all of that, what do you all think I should choose - the DSL100HR or the JVM210H?
     
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    LPMarshall hack Well-Known Member

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    Both great amps! But same price? JVM hands down. JVM can do everything a DSL can do plus a ton more.

    there is no reason to keep this thread open as there is no other acceptable answer/opinion on this matter.
     
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    LPMarshall hack Well-Known Member

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    Also at 999 Canadian, that’s a smoking deal on a JVM and not a deal on a DSL.
     
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    Gunner64 Emotional Support Animal Gold Supporting Member

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    Jvm. It'll also be worth more in the long run.
     
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    LPMarshall hack Well-Known Member

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    Hell, you could prob immediately flip the JVM for 1200 at least!
     
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    Kinkless Tetrode Well-Known Member

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    Same price for a more capable, made in England amp.....
     
  7. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    No question man. JVM. No shared anything between channels. What a price! Is it beat all to rat crap? That is a very good deal!! Do it man!!
     
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    Thanks folks. I was thinking JVM but was unsure and appreciate the advice.

    I was also mistaken, it was the JVM210H (we had talked about a few amps so I was mixed up when posting). A 50 watter would have been preferable but there are none floating around used so I'll take the 100 watter.

    It turns out that the amp has some cosmetic issues. The guy at the originating store scored it at 6/10 cosmetically. Apparently it has nicks in the tolex and a rip in the grill cloth. But who cares right? That stuff can be fixed if I ever decided to do it. My friend the guitar tech at the store has tolex and grill cloth, and has recovered dozens of his own Marshalls over the years so I will just have him do it if need be (we already discussed it today).

    And it turns out that I had also mixed up the pricing, as the JVM210H was $899. That is the exact same price as the DSL I had ordered so we just did a straight up exchange. The JVM should be here by Wednesday.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    A 210 is still pretty rockin.
     
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    Out of interest, why not the JVM 205H (50 watts)?
     
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    colchar Well-Known Member

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    None available used.
     
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    colchar Well-Known Member

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    And for someone like me, who prefers simplicity, it has fewer knobs!!!!
     
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    Yea tolex and grill cloth can be fixed.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Think of it sort of like 2 amps.
    3 modes per.
    If amp 1 (channel 1) had only one mode it would just be clean. Not too versatile. So each stage up the mode ladder becomes increasingly more gain. Mode 3, red, in that channel is like a hot rod 800.

    Channel 2 starts where channel 1 leaves off. Etc. It really isnt that bad, set one channel at a time just like any mixing board for example.
     
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    Wise choice. Don’t worry about it being the 100w version. The volume difference between the 50w and 100w isn’t huge and besides, the master volumes on these amps work so well. Pretty consistent tones at almost any volume.
     
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    John BNY Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Good decision! I use a JVM2 50 watt 2x12 combo as my main gigging amp. I play in a cover band playing mostly classic rock, and there is no tone that this amp can't replicate. Whether you are a home player or one who gigs, versatility is a good thing. Congrats!
     
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    go for JVM you can pick up DSL later cheaper...
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    I guess I'm odd man out, but I'd go w/the DSL. If you were considering the JVM410, then yeah, I'd probably go w/the JVM, but w/the JVM210 missing the OD1 channel, you're arguably losing the best channel the JVM line offers (this is especially true since you mentioned 80's metal). For someone in search of more vintage/80's metal inspired tones out of either amp, the DSL is the clear winner imo. Also, while opinions vary on this, your description of the cosmetic conditions of the JVM would be a turn off to me unless the amp fit into the "absolutely must have" category.
     
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    Vintage tones? Fewer knobs? 80’s metal? Basement player? You should have probably gotten an SC20.
     

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