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Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by gonflyn, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. gonflyn

    gonflyn Member

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    So after enjoying an MG100dfx for a while and only ever having owned solid state amps, I thought it was time for a foray into the realm of Tubeworld.

    I wanted a combo and something gigable. Tried the dsl40C and loved it, but was stoked on the newer CR version cuz of the dual master volumes.

    So picked one up new @Guitar Center. Current promotion was 15% off if you trade something in. So I brought in a pedal, good enough!

    This is an amp I will own for a long long time. Clean to crunchy and everything in between, if I can't get the sound I need from this amp, I don't need it.

    I generally don't use effects or pedals, but I picked up the Marshall 6 button 91016 footswitch to use with it and it's awesome.

    Unlike the stock 2 button switch that only lets you toggle between channel one and two, the six button let's you select
    either setting within each channel,
    so the ability to change between clean, crunch, OD1 or OD2 at any time. Plus you can switch between the two master volumes within any setting for solo boosting without affecting tone, phenomenal. And if you do need to use the fx loop, the footswitch can turn that on and off too.

    Honestly, I don't know why something like this that opens up the true potential of the amp isn't included standard.

    One of the few areas of complaint about the DSL has been the reverb and, while I find it quite a bit less pronounced than the MG100dfx,
    l feel it's adequate.

    I see why this amp is a benchmark model that's consistently well reviewed, it's excellent.
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  2. tallcoolone

    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    Great stuff man and right attitude:

    Amen, be a player not a shopper! A solid year or two enjoying what that amp can do and before you know it you will be a better player because of it. The best gear does that. Enjoy!
     
  3. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Congrats on the new amp @gonflyn! A super versatile amp with that Marshall 6 button footswitch. Big upgrade from your Mg.

    Enjoy in good health.
     
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    Very Nice !!!
    Enjoy .. It only gets better with break in time !!
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Congrats on the new amp man and I hope she treats you well!
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Congratulations on your new amp.
    You will find that this baby can do more than what’s expected of it.
    And Welcome To The Forum ..
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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    tce63 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    HNAD, Congrats
     
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    Sapient Reformed Witchdoctor Silver Supporting Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    Congrats on your new Rock-n-Roll amplification device! :applause:
     
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    EADGBE Well-Known Member

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    Combos sound good!

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  12. Gene Ballzz

    Gene Ballzz Well-Known Member

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    HNAD! And :welcome: to the forum!

    You WILL Enjoy!
    Gene
     
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    You're preaching to the choir here @gonflyn!
    I totally agree about the reverb.
    Get a Boss RV to put in the loop and you won't regret it.
    If you are ever tempted to try a multi effect, the 40CR does 4CM in spades.
    And an extension cab somewhere down the road will open it up even more.

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    purpleplexi Well-Known Member

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    It's a great amp that punches well above it's price point.:dude:
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes they do!!! I think far too many “old timers” are stuck in their old ways of thinking only 4x12s and heads can ever sound good. My friend and guitar teacher/coach is one of them.
     
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    I have a DSL20HR. Yeah, the reverb is somewhat weak, until you get it cranked up a little. It's actually quite capable at higher volume. At least that's my opinion.
     
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    gonflyn Member

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    Yeah, I remember back in the day you weren't cool unless you had at least a half stack. After not playing much for a while because of domestic responsibilities I'm just getting back into to it and perceptions have changed, lol.
    Saw a friend's band play and the guitarist had a 40w tube combo and I couldn't believe how much noise it made. Sound management and mixing sure has come a long way with all the tech, iPads, etc. No more snakes and giant boards and all.
     
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    Noticed that. Was pleasantly surprised as volume increased
     
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    I have both a DSL20CR and a DSL40CR. The reverb in the 20 absolutely blows away the one in the 40! It actually sounds pretty darned good. But still, all things considered, the DSL40CR is a really awesome amp! With that said, the 20 gives up some real "Marshall Grunt" that the 40 can only dream of, but it requires the channel volumes (no Master Volume on this amp) and Classic Gain to be dimed to do so! Ultra Gain to taste. Surprisingly, the higher wattage 40 does a better job a lower volumes than the 20. But put a GOOD attenuator on that DSL20CR and it becomes my main gigging amp! But make no mistake here, the DSL40CR and DSL20CR/HR are completely different animals, despite the shared moniker!

    Again, Happy NAD,
    Gene
     
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    Sir Don Well-Known Member

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    Would have to be one of the most affordable tube amps on the market, and full of great features.

    The midi feature is a real bonus I think.
     

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