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Should I sell a JCM 800 2204 for a SV20?

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  1. gregr

    gregr Well-Known Member

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    The crunch channel of my old TSL100 held up surprisingly well alongside a late ‘70s 2203, although neither was cranked at the time.

    I preferred the tone of the 2203 and am certain my preference would grow with increasing volume.

    At a residential friendly volume, however, I can easily see the TSL sounding better. I don’t really care for the sound of the cold clipping stage by itself.

    I can’t speak for the TSL60.
     
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    Take Luvox, you'll stop thinking about it.
     
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    a, no they don't. I have an SC20h. it's great. I also have an 82 2204. It's pretty dam close with more gain. It's good enough for me playing out at small clubs. easy to carry too.
     
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    Dude, that last statement is so true. I've been there.
     
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    they sound thin at those volumes & not much gain at all. Still a good tone but nothing like when MV is 5 & above.
     
  6. gregr

    gregr Well-Known Member

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    7dB
     
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    I'm one of those people. Regret, regret, had 82 4010 with G12-65 speaker. Miss it terribly. However since I got the SC20h I don't miss it as much.
     
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  8. gregr

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    A 2203 does not a cold clipper make.
     
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    well the SC20 is a 1x10 so that's a non-starter for me. I'd take the 2x12
     
  10. Dean Swindell

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    Not a dumb move, but I'd keep keep the 2204 and try to get the 20w anyway, because you'll likely end up missing it. You might want that power on some days, not just for the volume but the "oomph" in the tone that comes with a higher wattage amp.
     
  11. NoelH

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    NO!!! Do not sell the 2204. You can get an SV20C any day. And seriously, as they get onto the used market more and more, they will NOT retain their value.
    In the mean time while you still have the 2204, you could plug into the low input, and find a Plexi-sounding pedal. There are millions of them out the. My personal favorite is the Wampler Sovereign, but there are so many of them out there, and you can try a bunch and for <$200, problem solved. And as several others have said, save up for the SV20C.
     
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  12. gregr

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    This. It’s already happening.
     
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    its awesome dont put it down I can crank that baby full and it stays tight with loads of tone! play it through a 412 then people are going to complain its toooo loud LOL . One of the best amps i ever owned.
     
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    Keep the 2204
    But if you sell, more 2204s for the rest of us
     
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    I was less than impressed with the SV20h. Never tried the combo.

    I have the Jubilee 2525h that I use clean as a pedal platform. Better suits me for this.

    As a JTM 45 player the SV didn't quite have the sweetness I like.
     
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  16. Stephen H

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    I'll second that! I was/am one of those people, sold it about 10 yrs ago for what I paid for it, $500. AUD, can't find one under $1500 around here now. (So I'm building one to my taste, problem solved, haha.)
     
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    It's been close to 20 years since I sold my JMP 2203, that one haunts me more than any other piece of gear I let go of. I didn't lose any money at the time but the value of those amps has since gone through the roof.
     
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    Haha yeah, honestly I prefer big amps at low volume. I use a JMP 2104 combo, and a non MV AC30/6TB in my small basement studio. I have a 5F1, but small amps like that need to be turned up too loud to sound decent. My big amps can sound full at all volumes.
     
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    I concur, much prefer my larger amps, but for those not A/B'ing the two, or that simply don't care, the small amps will do the job just fine. Although compromise is part of life, I try to avoid it, when possible.
     
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  20. gregr

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    Assuming simply wattage/headroom, I’d like to A/B it through the same cab at the same low dB SPL with the same preamp.

    I’m not saying whether or not I could tell, rather I don’t know what’s being compared exactly. Big vs. small is a bit vague.
     
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