Dsl40cr input PLEASE!

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  1. FIREpunkMEDIC

    FIREpunkMEDIC Member

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    Hey All!
    The DSL40CR has caught my eye and wondering what you guys have experienced with them. My amp for my all originals band is an '83 Jcm800 2203...my baby haha! This would be used in a hard rock/power-pop cover band, and would prefer a smaller option than the 2203 and 4x12. My other option would be to pair smaller head with my Orange 2x12. Other guitarist uses an MG100HDfx and 2x12 as a clean and uses pedals for his tones, actually surprised me how decent it sounds....anyway thoughts?

    CHEERS!
     
  2. tallcoolone

    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    DSL40 combos are crap, always have been,. Get yourself an older DSL50 or 100 head or at least the DSL or Origin heads they have out now. If ur gonna be a rocker, ur gonna need a guitar cab.
     
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  3. FIREpunkMEDIC

    FIREpunkMEDIC Member

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    Haha! Thanks for the reply, pretty sure by your logic my vintage 800 2203 qualifies me as a "rocker". Cheers!
     
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    FracStrat Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    StrummerJoe Well-Known Member

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    LOL no problems with my DSL40C, the previous amp to the DSL40CR. I have heard complaints though, but there are just as many happy owners.

    Cabs are nice, but if I have to move that much weight I prefer 2 separate amps. You get more "texture" plus stereo.
     
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    StrummerJoe Well-Known Member

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    Heard a lot of complaints about LP headstocks. They must all be crap. Must've always been. Heard they don't keep tune either. :/

    Get a real guitar if you want to be a rocker.

    ;)
     
  7. Obi Plexi-nobi

    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    I have 2 DSL 40 amps. They sound GREAT..!!
     
  8. Chris-in-LA

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    I used to use my 2203 on a 2X12 cab when I got tired of lugging the 4X12 cab around. You don’t necessarily need another amp. These days I also have a few 2204’s and JTM45’s that I use with the 2X12. They fit in the trunk of my car.

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  9. purpleplexi

    purpleplexi Well-Known Member

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    DSL40CR - best amp for the money bar none. Might be the best amp for double the money. Superb right out of the box. Does everything and most of it very well. Can be a bit gain-y in the red mode of channel 2 - lot of people inc me prefer a pedal in front of the 'less hot' modes. Only decent competitor at the price is - surprisingly- the Fender Bassbreaker. Great amp but I'm for Marshall. Sounds much better after the speaker is broken in but that's not Marshalls fault.

    Just buy one.
     
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    I'm a rocker with just my DSL 40CR. Rarely I add a cab. They're good for the cover band I play in. When I play originals or other classic rock covers, I use my 100 watt Superlead with a 2x12.

    I want to explore using some type of overdrive with the green ultra channel.
     
  11. tallcoolone

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    Yeah that was a little tongue in cheek since the 40w combo is prob the most popular Marshall due to the price point and the fact it is a combo. Remember, I don’t hate you guys lol, I just hate your amp!

    Also probably the Marshall tube amp with the most issues due to the price point and the fact it is a combo. Cost cutting measures combined with the inherent vibrations of a combo are not a good...combo.
     
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    You can grab yourself a 1x12 thiele as well if you need something even more portable.
     
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    I really like my DSL40CR. With the 6 button footswitch I think it's a great amp for gigs.

    If you're chasing a smaller JCM800, you might also consider the SC20.
     
  14. tallcoolone

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    Fender Bassbreaker IMO sounds like it’s underwater—no sparkle or chime. Spent a month with one when they came out. No cut at all on stage.

    If you MUST have a 1x12 combo I’d go Archon, 5150iii, and if you are really talking twice the price you could get the Studio series Marshall combos or the Mesa MV25 or Fillmore
     
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    purpleplexi Well-Known Member

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    [QUOTE="tallcoolone, post: 2139742, member:

    Cost cutting measures combined with the inherent vibrations of a combo are not a good...combo.[/QUOTE]

    Ha! See what you did there! There were a few niggles with some early amps. Haven't heard of anything recently. Or put it anorher way I haven't heard anyone on here complaining recently. Been using mine at home and out since they came out. So far had one dodgy power tube.
     
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  17. nickfox

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    I love my DSL40CR but not as much as I love my '83 4010 jcm800. :)
     
  18. FIREpunkMEDIC

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    Give me EL34s or give me death...hahahaha! That's one of the big reasons I ruled out a bassbreaker. I'm not an el84 guy...
     
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    I also have a pair of Dsl40c’s, and I think they are great as well..
     
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  20. Obi Plexi-nobi

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    One of them has a broken knob that still turns/works- Got it at a Pawn shop 'blow-out' sale in Kansas City for $268. It's the better sounding of the two..! :eddie:
     

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