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Anybody buy an SV20h and not like it?

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  1. Msharky67

    Msharky67 Well-Known Member

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    Has anybody bought an SV20h and not like it for varies reasons. It is too loud, too much to handle, hard to dial any tones etc. I want to get something but I fear I will have concerns about volume and price as well. Bottom line I want that vintage tone at bedroom volumes without taking out a second mortgage. I have seen a few models through the years that have come close but was still too much. Any other suggestions or models? Its the one piece of gear I don't have to complete my tone quest. I can hear this tone in my head. Only reasonable responses, no flaming and stay on the topic.
     
  2. Kim Lucky Day

    Kim Lucky Day Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I love mine, it absolutely nails the sound I was looking for (70's rock) but these tones are not to be had at bedroom volume without an attenuator or pedals. If that is not acceptable, then the Studio Classic may be better suited for you.
     
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    Get both :lol:
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    How about look for a 1 watt 50th anniversary JTM :shrug:
     
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    Sacalait Well-Known Member

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    I own the SV20. It's loud. Even at 5 watts. I love it, the tone is the shit, but it's not "bedroom volume" friendly without an attenuator. I'd also recommend the SC20.
     
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    There's an echo in here...
    Fantastic amp but needs an attenuator for bedroom volume levels.

    Marshall SV20, Avatar Cab and Bugera PS1.JPG
     
  7. tidbit

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    The SV20 is both loud and expensive. As those are your concerns, it’s probably not the amp for you.

    If you can turn it up, or have a good attenuator, the tone is glorious.
     
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    fitz288 Well, Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Um, @Msharky67 , not trying to flame, but...

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    If anyone could read your signature, they'd see you already have one.
     
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    Chris-in-LA Well-Known Member

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    SC20 is better for bedroom volume, no need for an attenuator. I use the 50 and 100 watt versions at home as well as for gigs.
     
  10. FleshOnGear

    FleshOnGear Well-Known Member

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    Maybe an Origin? I don’t have one, but my understanding is they have various power levels, a master volume, and are supposed to have a vintage vibe. Plus affordable.
     
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    Love mine.
    Its impossible to get great tone at bedroom level.
     
  12. Msharky67

    Msharky67 Well-Known Member

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    I am keeping the Origin as an option maybe for now get it and down the road get the plexi when prices come down and I can afford it. It would be my third one but I know there is no different option. I have a range of OD pedals so it may be a better choice. I am watching one at the moment or new with discount from a retailer. Sucks being poor and having GAS!
     
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    Msharky67 Well-Known Member

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    Even with an attenuator how much range of tones can you get with it on the gain side. I feel like I would have it set to the lowest setting and only be able to tweak it slightly. Pretty much set it and leave it. This is my concern too.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Perhaps use the SC20 and just wait till you can afford one with an attenuator? WHy waste the money on an Origin you don't want?
     
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    That’s what I did. I’ve had both since Xmas. I like both but I like the SV20 more. It does nail it. I use the matching Marshall 1x12, a hot plate attenuator to tame it a bit and a Maxon 808 OD.
     
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    My short, and direct answer to your post question, No.
     
  17. FleshOnGear

    FleshOnGear Well-Known Member

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    My SV20 through an attenuator is the best bedroom level tone I ever had. But it’s an investment, having to buy the amp and attenuator.
     
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    I’m not sure I understand what you mean here.

    I’m my experience, any time you run an amp into power amp distortion you’re limited by what you’re able to do from the guitar volume. I run my SV20 at medium gain, use my guitar volume for cleaner sounds, and use an overdrive to get high gain sounds.
     
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    I got suckered into both heads here also, :lol: I play the SC20 most probably since it’s nearest to me.
     
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    Alter Well-Known Member

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    Even the 1 watt Marshall heads need an attenuator to sound good on bedroom levels.
     
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