- Jun 16, 2020
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1. The original DSL heads, consisting of 100w and 50w models. (These had PCB issues with "bias drift over time". The combo model, the DSL401, overheated due to the EL84's, of which I owned two.)
Yes, they're the 'children' of the JCM2000 line, really. Some of the early 100W heads had the bias drift issue, indeed. The 401 was an oddball for using EL84's, afaik the only DSL to ever do so. Combos (particularly DSL's, but applies in general) will suffer from heat issues. Sorry to hear you had a couple go south on you.
.......(The original DSL line was eventually discontinued.)
2. A new(?) DSL 100 head was released with black piping. I don't know where it was made, I assume not in the UK because I paid $800 or $900 new, but I remember not being happy with it.
That was only the DSL100 MLB, I believe. Had a few other little 'accents' changed, bit like the SC stealth almost. It was a re-issue of the original DSL100.
3. The release of the new DSL lineup, all made in Vietnam, consisting of the DSL100H head (which I think is the one in my photos above?, the DSL 40, and some 15 watt combo that flopped b/c it had no FX loop.)
This is a "2nd gen", so after the 1st gen, but pre 'CR and HR', so not the latest line. All DSL's are manufactured in Vietnam, indeed - as was this one.
So first, am I accurate? And second, where does the model I posted in question of, fit? I would think obviously #3.
Basically, it's a DSL100H, not a DSL100HR, so one gen behind current. Many prefer them, though. I couldn't say I've ever A/B'ed them in a fair way.