The VM body control is a bit different than the SV20’s normal volume and detail control has no bright cap and operates at a noticeably higher frequency. This amp was not designed to sound like a Plexi (JTM or SLP). The sound is all its own.Get a SV20, drop in some KT66's, and you'd probably be pretty close, tone-wise. You'd also actually have 2 inputs/controls, which I'd personally prefer over the single input and "Body" and "Detail".
Very aware of the VM design, I have one. I've run my SV20 with KT66's, and it's not a huge difference in tone from my JTM45 or VM, more a "feel" thing, as the JTM has a tube rectifier. Circuit details aside, the biggest difference with the VM (IMO) is the master volume. So, if you think I'm trying to say they will sound the same, no, that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying, if a guy wants a 20w VM, which doesn't exist, he could get "close", tone-wise, with a SV20 and KT66's, which would also be "close" to a 20w JTM, which also doesn't exist (at least in Marshall form).The VM body control is a bit different than the SV20’s normal volume and detail control has no bright cap and operates at a noticeably higher frequency. This amp was not designed to sound like a Plexi (JTM or SLP). The sound is all its own.
And you would lose that bet. Try reading a little, before commenting. You can spout what you "think" all day long. I've done a direct comparison, have you?When the body control is dialed up the VM is heavily scooped or has a large midrange hump depending on the mid boost switch. This isn’t close to an SV whatsoever. Changing out power tubes isn’t going to get you any closer.
I’m betting you don’t own a VM.
Just the head yeah keeping my other ones, going to try it through the SC cab see how it works dont really need the big cabs anymore for home. May just get a 112 closed back I know crazy but it might work. The other was really nice also it was just retubed with all Gold Lion tubes. Should of just paid the 1200 love the purple and purple light looks cool as hell lolWas it only for the head ??
That’s a great looking pair.
Ken are you going to be getting rid of any of the other amps you have ?
Or are you going to let the collection grow ??