Jcm 900- Should I Add To My Collection?

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    mulletmule Active Member

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    ive been thinking of adding a 900 to my lineup. I've had no background with them but like the tones I hear. I know a lot of 800 guys hate them. I seem to recall people saying they had a lot less mid range. Any thoughts on them. They are reasonable price wise. Thoughts?

    Also one listed says it was made in 2000. I didn't know they made them after the DSL came out.
     
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    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

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    did they make 900 reissues?
     
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    John BNY Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a JCM 800 and a JVM, and I also own a JCM 900. Great amps, and has become my main gigging amp. I highly recommend it.
     
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    Gunner64 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes. They have 900 DR reissues. They want like $2500 for them..

    I'm a 800 guy. I currently have a 2203, 2204, 2205..and I also have a 2100 900 slx. While the 800s have that smack you in the face crunch that we love, the slx can get pretty close and is a killer amp in its own right..lots of gain if you want it, but with the distortion backed off can do a pretty fair 800 impersonation, but with 2 seperate footswitchable master volumes..all tube with no clipping diodes in the slx if that matters. Mine is a factory el34 amp. A good working slx is a nice addition to the herd..but finding one in perfect working condition can be difficult...
     
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    SL-X is nice for what it is, same goes for the MKIII. DR can be good depending on the application, but in all reality if you have an 800 and/or a 1959/1987 style amp you’re not missing much. I’ve owned all 3, and sold all 3.

    Nice thing about them is they all can be had for well under $1000CAD, not bad if you’re on a budget or want a beater.
     
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    Gunner64 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    The thing with the slx is operating condition..( probably true with all amps but more so with the slx and its unique problem..br3) so so and they can be down right terrible. I have seen a few and none were serviced (caps..br3 issue) and none held a candle to mine. Again I lucked out and bought mine, a 98 model for $500 with orginal cover, manual and footswitch. Whatever you do play any 900 before you buy it. They are a very popular gigging amp and alot of them are beat to hell, at least around here.
     
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    I like the SL-X, I have the 50 watt version that you can dial down to 25 watts. It's a good amp but, in my opinion, you have to work on dialing it in. Too much gain is overboard, not enough is very weak. Takes a bit of work to find the sweet spot.
     
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    Gunner64 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree..and volume..crank it up a bit and back the gain off it can be very 800ish.
     
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    Absolutely
     
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    Depends which model. The Dual Reverb not so much.
     
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    Thanks for the replies! So I'm seeing love for the SL-X but not for the DR. Why is that? Different tone?
     
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    Also how do they compare to a 2000? What would make it better I guess is what I'm looking for!
     
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    Some guys get a good tone out of the dr, I wasn't one of them. Whether the one I had contact with was just a dog or what I don't know but it seemed rather thin and kinda fizzy. Didn't really ever "ball up" like the sl-x did. Like I said could have just been that dr, but that was my take on that one at that time.
     
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    I'd say give it a play. If it sounds good, there's no reason NOT to add it to the collection. :D
     
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    I have an SL-X 2500 (50 watt) that I paid $550 for. I had to replace BR3 and C8, but it's purring now. Mine's got the 5881's, which work well in the 50 watt (more low end and detail than EL34's). I've also got a 2203x, I like them both equally. More gain and a 2nd Master Volume on the SL-X.
     
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    the 900 has a more of an old school tone to them than the dsls that came after that have a more modern tone to them. both great amp series.
    the little problem I have with those series is that they are less hairy and crunchy like the old Marshalls up until the jubilee series which is IMHO the best amp I had in my collection of amps ..if you can pull an original 1987 2555 that will be a real upgrade to your collection.
     
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    Do they still sell hotmods? Pop one of those in your 800. Instant slx.
     
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    900s are very good amps. You can dial it in to get a great 80s style crunch tone.try before you buy for sure but don't let the 800 die hards turn you off.
     
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    amen to that
    try before you buy... there could be a better 900 out there than a dog 800
     
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    Definitely try before buying. I never understood the dislike for the DR. I have a JCM 800 and a JVM, and my JCM 900 DR holds its own against those amps.
     
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