Jcm 900 vs DSL 100hr

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JCM 900 vs DSL HR ( both 100 watts )

  1. Jcm 900

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  2. DSL HR

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  1. Johnversloe

    Johnversloe New Member

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    hey guys ,
    I’m tossing up getting either a 900 or dsl . what’s the difference between the 2 ? I know the dsl is made in Vietnam thus cheaperand that it’s based off the jcm 2000 DSL. Are they much the same ?
    Thanks guys ,
    John
     
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    Gutch220 Well-Known Member

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    There are three different versions of the 900 as well

    I own & really like my JCM900 4100 from 1990 with EL34's.

    You can't really beat an English-made 100/50w tube amp for under $700.
    It seems like they are starting to creep up a bit though. 800's are also becoming kinda rare. You see MANY more reissue's for sale compared to 80's models.
     
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    Fisheth24 Member

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    Which version of the 900 would be a massive help here
     
  4. Johnversloe

    Johnversloe New Member

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    My apologies. Yeah I should have said which one.
    Well I am tossing up between a dsl 100 watt HRBrand new ( $1200 Australian dollars ) or a used JCM 900 , 100 watt dual reverb. ( $750 AUD ) .
     
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    I bought a 900 mark 3 last week and gave it back after 3 days,didn’t like it at all I can see why the 900 doesn’t have a good name ,for the money you are spending I think you can do better than both of those amps
     
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    K2JLX Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I own a 2203 and 4100, both of them are excellent amps. I also own a 100HR; imho the 4100 is more organic, even with its solid state, op amp - preamp

    Ymmv...

    queue the DR love/hate fest
     
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    BftGibson Well-Known Member

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    every Marshall i ever had .turn it up, matched with right speaker....it will sound good..rest is on the player
     
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    Neptical Well-Known Member

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    No experience with the 100HR, but my DSL50 and DSL100 heads have some of the best tones I've ever had in the many amps I've owned over 30+ years. They are a bit more smoothed out which I like. Easy to control all that notorious amp sizzle. Sitting right next to them is my JCM 900 SL-X 2500 head, a completely different ( ferious) tonal beast. Very aggressive from the get-go, but again...it's all in the eq'ing on what your ears enjoy. I dig it for a different Marshall flavor. Kind of takes the edge off of wanting another Rectifier ( ha ha).

    Don't listen to any negative DR 4100 shenanigans. Those amps can throw down on any amp. I've used them for shows cranked up with an SD-1 and it's pure tonal bliss.
     
  9. Mitchell Pearrow

    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I have had the opportunity to play a
    DR 50 watt at a decent volume, about
    2-1/2 and in 5 minutes I had a great tone that was very ear pleasing.
    I own the Dsl40c’s, and Origin 50H’s.
    And my tone preferences are in the Sabbath, Priest style.
    These amps in question are all going to do their job !!!
    Congratulations on your choice.
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
  10. Eddie78

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    I have owned two DSL 100, early version, not DSL 100H, both sold... now I have a Marshall JCM 900 MKIII and a Dual Reverb! I don't know what kind of music do you play, but 900's are great fucking amps for hard rock!
     
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    Completely agree, both will do the job very well.

    As a 4100 owner, I'll lean that way. But you wouldn't go wrong taking the other option.
     
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    JCMDOUG Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    if you can turn the amp up I would say get the 900 I have all 3 versions and they sound best with a boot up their ass.

    If you are playing at lower volumes get the DSL also if you play clean a lot, don't forget the DSL100HR has an optional footswitch that makes that amp a jack of all trades. from what I have seen you can switch between 4 different gain stages and have two master volumes, handy for live shows like a JVM.
     
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    JCMDOUG Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Side note of all my amps the 900 4100 DR is the most requested to rent. I had one person not use the JVM410H that he requested use the 900 after a head to head during sound check. His personal amp back home is a JVM410H. I supply backlines and PA for bands as a side gig.
     
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    Hey 900 owners; what's your opinion of the FX loop on these?
     
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    Sir Don Well-Known Member

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    To the op, what did you end up getting?
     
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    I don’t use the loop in my MKIII, so I put a patch cable in it for a boost. I’ve never put pedals thru it.
     
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    Crikey Well-Known Member

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    Get the 900 4100 dr. 100 watter. It is a great amp. Uk made
     
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    Work fine.
    4100 all da way
     
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    Crikey Well-Known Member

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    My vote for 900 but I did really like teh DSL 40 I played at sam Ash yesterday. Great sounding combo. every gitar i played through it sounded fantastic.
     
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