Lunchbox Head

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  1. Peter McAteer

    Peter McAteer Active Member

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    Forget the Mesa Boogie Badlander for a minute... Does Marshall need an answer for the Mini Rectifier? I'd love to see a Marshall in lunchbox form.

    What do you folks think?
     
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    Biff Maloy Well-Known Member

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    I think a 20/5 watt Studio JVM would be a good high gain move on their part. But, I'm not the first to suggest that. I just can't see why they'd stop where they're at with the lineup.
     
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    Peter McAteer Active Member

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    That's a fecking brilliant idea.
     
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    Marshall has never tried to chase down someone else's sound. It's always been their thing only...I don't see them trying to copy anyone else, anytime soon... if you want a Mesa, buy a Mesa...
     
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    V-man Well-Known Member

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    The “answer” for the mini recto is the SV and SC.

    Hi-gain amps have been more complicated, more expensive and less-demanded under the Marshall standard. They also have been less-appreciated compared to the classics.


    Frankly, I would be fascinated in a “fuck it” approach from Marshall that is laser- focused on extreme high gain. No 4-channel “clean/classic/OD/Hi-gain” overly-expensive and complex Flagship... just a no nonsense plug and play modern metal amp with clarity, presence, mid-sweep/shift that outgrinds mesa/peavey/engl/etc.

    Failing that, there is a JVM with a master volume or a 800-flavor with pedal(s) of choice.
     
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    wakjob Well-Known Member

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    Don't think he was speaking to sound/tone...
    He was looking at physical size and shape of the head.
     
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    wakjob Well-Known Member

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    I've always wanted to take a JMP 2203 head shell & chassis, and put something like channel 3 of the Engl Invader in it.
     
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  8. Peter McAteer

    Peter McAteer Active Member

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    That's correct. I want a 10 pound Marshall head that kicks out 20 to 25W and is no more than a foot wide.
     
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    That would be the DSL20HR right?
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    For the slight difference in size I prefer the EL34 Marshall units to the EL84 flavors but yeah the DSL20 might fit the bill but still bigger than the Mini Recto.
     
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    DSL20HR is like 20", OP wants to jam that into a DSL1HR box.
    It'd be fairly tall to fit the EL34s, though.
     
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    Peter McAteer Active Member

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    Too big. Lunchbox size, like the Mini Rectifier. The DSL is 20 pounds, the MiniRecto is 12.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    True. Mini Recto for the win.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Actually or the Peavey 6505 MH. Depending on one's tastes. But no Marshalls, nope.
     
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    Certainly didn't mean to overlook the DSL20. I had it for a while. Some of the weight difference could be in the shell construction. That may be reaching.

    I looked more at price than anything. I do like Mesa's 1x12 straight and slant pairings with the Mini Rec.

    I had a Mesa stack a long time ago. So long ago i'm guessing Mark III IV???? I hated it so i have no experience at all with the sound. Makes me think super saturated thus a JVM20.

    I suggest that one but it may never be one i feel like i just got to have but it would be a great addition for players who love the Studios like me. I know the 50 and 100 watt owners brag on great tones at reasonable volumes but any time you can get some more power stage in the tone, even clean power stage, is beneficial. Seems like a no brainer to me. And, they ain't heavy for the weight conscious player. :D
     
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    I think the older DSL15 heads kicked a$$.
     
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    They kinda did that with the SLX. An SLX mini? Hmmmm...
     
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    not that the rectum-fryer wasn’t from the same era, but the SLX merely codified what people were doing to Marshalls in the 80s, meaning that by the 00’s that was behind the curve in terms of hi gain.

    Maybe 4-37 12ax7s pushing a quad of big bottles like KT88s is a step up, but not likely to into a lunchbox, unless it’s asbestos-lined with an automotive cooling fan.
     
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    Ok then...DSL1 and an EH caliber 44...0.1, 1 and 44 watts when combined.... I've used that set up for gigging bars and small clubs several times
    J
     
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