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Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by Headache, Jun 5, 2020.
Got this mode four in today... Too late to play it.
I'll give her hell tomorrow.
HNAD, Congrats, looks great.
Those heads are stacking up there buddy!
Congrats! Enjoy It!
Just for the sake of it, what are the features of a Mode Four? Seen em, seen the name but know nothing of their orgin or purpose.
From a promotion blurb:
"The Marshall MF350 Mode Four 350W Head delivers powerful sound and plenty of it. Though many amps claim to produce classic and modern tones, most fall short. The brutal yet toneful 350W hybrid output is just the beginning of the story. With its two-amps-in-one design that employs dual preamps, each with an ECC83 valve, you get totally independent amp configurations. It also completely reconfigures its power amp section depending on which amp type is selected. Both of the amp types have two footswitchable modes, with Amp 1 offering Clean and Crunch modes and Amp 2 delivering two distinct overdrives. Amp 1 is the classic side. When selected, it re-creates the unmistakable sound and feel of Marshall's 100W valve power roar. The Clean mode produces incredibly dynamic, 3-dimensional clean and bluesy crunch. Click into Crunch and unleash the unbridled aggression and bite of the JCM800 Series with levels of gain never conceived of in the '80s. Amp 2 takes over where Amp 1 leaves off with OD2 dishing up more sheer gain than any other Marshall ever while giving you maximum control in shaping your signature sound."
So, basically, the fanciest Valvestate they ever made!
What exactly is a mode four, I have no idea. And when are they from?
Congrats Bro! I have no experience with these amps, hope it sounds great!!!!
They were Marshall's early 2000's answer to the Rectumfrier. They gained a bad reputation for being muddy sounding, until Alex Skolnick of Testament started playing them. This was after they were discontinued by Marshall.
Amp1 is pretty ok, including a more than decent JCM800 sound. Amp2 is the Nu-Metal part. Amp2 has a bit of an irritating low-mid frequency in the tone, but otherwise it is good fun for playing extreme metal at home.
It is a hybrid, so no power valves to consider. Still: The power section is force-cooled by fans that can get noisy and when they fail the solid state power section is at risk. There was a topic on this on the Workbench section of this forum.
No accompanying MF280 or MF400 speaker? They are hidden gems!
Wear earplugs if you're going to give it hell because it will give you hell right back. I never heard anything so loud. I met Jim Marshall at the mode 4 launch. I think he was quite deaf by then. So was I after listening to the M4
I don’t know much about them except that they are two amps in one and they are a hybrid amp not all tube.
Oh yeah, it’s also 350 watts!
I noticed on the back there is a matrix of wattage depending on the connected load.
Minimum load 8 ohms.
1x8 ohm or 2x16 ohm = 350W
1x16 ohm = 235W
That is only 67% of the full 350W if the load is 16 ohm.
I thought wattage would have halved with 16 ohms.
Is the difference something to do with efficiency?
Nice! Congrats and HNMAD!
The Mode 4 is a serious Metal amp.
The neighbors are going to love this.
350 gadam WATTS!! or should it be 350 Whats??
My ears hurt just thinking about how loud that could be.
That looks fun...
Watts does not = loudness.
But speakers do increase the loudness depends on what speaker.
Well I have cranked a Mode 4 into a mode 4 cabinet.
It was loud as shit.
The neighbors had a crap fit.
The guy I bought it from got a good deal on a half stack and just wanted the cabinet, so I got the head for a pretty good price.
It's my second head, they do have an earned rep for blowing up.... But the tone for metal is sheer perfect. I really love it.
Got the power switch working, it was faulty. Ordered a new one from Marshall, it'll be here in 2 months......
Installed 2 new Mullard 12ax7s and this is the very first set of tones I got.
Amp1 Crunch then amp2 OD1 and OD 2