Does replacing parts such as corners, vent, handle and rivets decrease an amp's value?

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Hello, I have a 1988 JCM 800 2210 and I'm thinking about replacing some parts such as corners, vent, handle, rivets and also preamp sockets (for Belton Micalex ones), does replacing these parts decrease the amplifier's value? I'm getting the parts from amplifiedparts.com, here are some links:

- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/socket-belton-9-pin-crimped-shield-base-micalex
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/tube-shield-high-quality-fits-p-st9-700-spring
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/vent-marshall-large-plastic-construction
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/handle-marshall-style-black-gold-ends-vintage-strap-large
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/rivets-marshall-gold-fastening
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/handle-cap-marshall-style-vintage-handle
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/corner-marshall-black-plastic-3-hole-rivets
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/corner-marshall-black-plastic-4-hole-rear-rivets

I know that the corners, the vent and the rivets are original Marshall parts, but for example the handle as well as the handle caps are 'Marshall Style'.

Would it be better to leave the amp as is in terms of possible resell value?

Thanks beforehand.
 

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If it aint broken dont fix it.

New shiny parts look somehow misplaced on
used tolex.

Look at the oldass hollywood goons with their
botoxfaces and ultrawhite plasticteeth...
its kinda like that.
 

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I guess it all depends on the owner?? Me, I like to replace damaged items and make a vintage amp look as good as possible. Small scratches and scuffs, fine, but busted up corner pieces, handles, vents, feet, etc, get replaced on mine.
 

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It ain't like super bad, but some of the corners are broken, there's a piece missing from one, and the vent is broken too (but the pieces are there)

jcm800 back.jpg
 

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Hello, I have a 1988 JCM 800 2210 and I'm thinking about replacing some parts such as corners, vent, handle, rivets and also preamp sockets (for Belton Micalex ones), does replacing these parts decrease the amplifier's value? I'm getting the parts from amplifiedparts.com, here are some links:

- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/socket-belton-9-pin-crimped-shield-base-micalex
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/tube-shield-high-quality-fits-p-st9-700-spring
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/vent-marshall-large-plastic-construction
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/handle-marshall-style-black-gold-ends-vintage-strap-large
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/rivets-marshall-gold-fastening
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/handle-cap-marshall-style-vintage-handle
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/corner-marshall-black-plastic-3-hole-rivets
- https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/corner-marshall-black-plastic-4-hole-rear-rivets

I know that the corners, the vent and the rivets are original Marshall parts, but for example the handle as well as the handle caps are 'Marshall Style'.

Would it be better to leave the amp as is in terms of possible resell value?

Thanks beforehand.
If it were mine, I'd replace any cracked or damaged pieces, and if I were buying one, I'd appreciate that someone else took care of that for me. I don't like it when non-period correct logos... are put on a head or cab. One exception I made, I put one of my JMD:1's in a plexi-style headbox, but that amp was in a cheap headbox to start with.
 

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It ain't like super bad, but some of the corners are broken, there's a piece missing from one, and the vent is broken too (but the pieces are there)

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It's your amp, replace whatever you want.
Keep all the old parts.
If you ever want to sell it, determine with the buyer what they want from old & new.

I don't put a value on old plastic and rivets, but for some strange reason, some people do.
And I think old ripped dirty ugly missing tolex is just old ripped dirty ugly missing tolex.
What's in the amp, and what comes out of the amp are what matter to me.
 

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I was once in conversation with a guy at Marshall about producing something I called the Marshall 'toured' series. The plan was to offer a line of amps that didn't look brand new. Not broken or nothing but made with tolex that looked slightly dull and handles/corners etc with an aged finish. The plan was you could have a new-looking amp or a 'toured' at the same price - whichever you wanted. This was in the heyday of Murphy aged LPs that were selling for a mint. In the end they didn't go for it and went for a plan to offer unique designs on cab fronts. Briefly.
Anyway this started after I took my JCM combo in for service and without being asked they replaced the original worn but undamaged knobs with new ones. When I moaned the guy seemed surprised and that's how the whole thing started.
 

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Anyway this started after I took my JCM combo in for service and without being asked they replaced the original worn but undamaged knobs with new ones. When I moaned the guy seemed surprised and that's how the whole thing started.
I would lose it. I just dropped my JMP off with 5 original “not-Scott“ (but not big disc) JMP knobs and a silver pointer. I hate to think a certain way or come off as a dick video recording the amp inside-out and attaching a note with instructions including that any wire, screw etc that comes off this amp leaves with me in a box (and I expect zero marks on the amp at alll), but the moment I (burned once already) err on the side of nice guy is the moment I pay for that mistake.
 

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IMO if it's broke, fix it. Broken corners, missing handle cap, cracked plastic on handle.
And for sure torn grille cloth,
Beer stained cloth? Eventually I'll get tired of looking at that.
I've seen enough pictures of my band's gear on stage, that I started pushing for a better look.
First impressions and all.
If the first thing the average person sees is rag tag looking equipment on stage, it gives off a certain air.
Also depends on the type of gig.
If doing Punk in a basement club, all bets are off. Chances are that's why your equipment looks like it does anyway.
A Blues, or Jazz club may be a different story.
A Theater show, is something different all together.
All comes down to image you want to portray.
Myself, I like my gear to have a pro look. Clean, All parts in tact. No beer stains.
I look at gear, like looking at a woman. Although I like 'em all. Certain looks I like better than others.
But I do tend to like clean, and well kept. Better than the kind of extremely worn, or trashy look.
 

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………… I took my JCM combo in for service and without being asked they replaced the original worn but undamaged knobs with new ones. When I moaned the guy seemed surprised and that's how the whole thing started.
I don’t blame you one bit man, that tech should not have done that without an ok from the owner imo. They were just old and aged and not broken and he replaced them?! NO.

He couldn’t give you a call and ask you if you’d like new knobs? That’s just lazy, I don’t like when amp techs except an amp for repair, then do things to it that were never discussed.

Yup I’m with you on this PP.
 

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Broken corners and such can get snagged on other stuff and cause more damage. Such items should be replaced. If the top vent annoys you, replace it. If not, leave it! That said, functional, protective items should be intact, but purely cosmetic items, are a matter of personal choice. As for "monetary value" concerning such things, you're simply piddlin' in the wind. Any difference in price will be negligible, with the only real difference being the speed that an amp might be able to be sold!
Just My $.02,
Gene
 

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