Will I regret the JCM800 2205?

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  1. God of Thunder

    God of Thunder Active Member

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    Hello everyone! Long time no talk!

    I had a 78' JMP 2203 that I LOVED. It was my favorite. It eventually got sold to help fund a wedding ring (the wife is still around, so at least that's good!).

    Anyways, I've been playing more and more guitar lately and have wanted to get a nice tube amp again. I found a 1982 JCM 800 2205 in (what I would call) really good shape for $1400. I already purchased it - but can return it if needed. I bought it thinking it was a normal 2204, and now - afterwards - doing research - find out its a 2205.

    I tend to play Aerosmith, AC/DC, GNR, Van Halen, and things of that nature. I've never played this amp, or heard it - which I can do and still return it.....

    Since this amp is being shipped across the states, should I give it a try? Or am I setting myself up for disappointment?
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Its a 2 channel JCM800 a nice amp, try it and decide if you like it. :yesway:
     
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    Drinkingdeath01 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    You sold a '78 JMP 2203 to fund a wedding ring ? She must be a special woman. You should love the 2205. Its pretty much a 2204 but with a little more gain and a somewhat clean channel. Worst case scenario, if you don't like it just flip it. The amp, not your wife.:run:
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I agree with Pedecamp
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  5. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I’d say definitely give it a try, those amps sound great!

    Unless you’re absolutely, positively, without a doubt,.... got your heart set on a 2203 or 2204.

    If that’s the case you won’t be happy with the amp in the long run, imo, I know I wouldn’t be.

    Has it been shipped yet?

    I’m assuming, (oh boy:noplease:), you saw pics of this amp, you didn’t notice all the knobs?
     
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    LPMarshall hack Well-Known Member

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    You will like it. It’s every bit a jcm800 as the 2203/4s.
     
  7. God of Thunder

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    It should ship tomorrow. I don't know what amp I have my heart set on - probably another JMP but that's a little over my budget right now since they're trending close to 2k. I didn't even have a cabinet anymore either, so I've got to locate one of those as well! Quite an upgrade from the Roland Micro Cube sitting here!

    So when I went amp searching, it had to be a Marshall. Obviously the 800 is pretty revered so when I found one for $1400, it seemed like a good deal. I've never played an 800 in my life, so hence, I was like "its a JCM 800, its $1400, lets go for it" - then ironically, I went to YouTube to find videos of them, and thats when I noticed the knobs being different, which led me down the path of discovering its a 2205. Now I'm not sure if I over payed or not! It's from Guitar Center, so I know its not a screaming deal.....
     
  8. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    What’s your budget and preferences?
     
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  9. God of Thunder

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    Budget is around $1500. I'm sitting here thinking I used to have a DSL and liked it too - I could save $800 and grab one of those instead.
     
  10. Chris-in-LA

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  11. God of Thunder

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    I paid $1400 for it! The budget is $1500! I'm starting to lean towards the DSL and saving the $700....then saving for a 2203/04
     
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    Chris-in-LA Well-Known Member

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    I just added a link to a 50 watt combo.
     
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    Chris-in-LA Well-Known Member

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    I just checked on 2204 heads, they seem to be getting very pricey. You can build a 2204 head for under $1000 if you are into that.
     
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    I guess basically, is an early 82 JCM800 2205 worth $700-800 more than a DSL100 for a guy who's likely going to use it in his house for the foreseeable future?
     
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    Why are you looking at 100W Marshalls if you're going to play at home? I get the allure, but out the gate I’d go studio vintage...SV20 or SC20. Killer amps! They are manageable versions of the 1959SLP and JCM800 2203.

    The amp you ordered is a very good amp. Give it a try. Its a powerful amp. Well, I'm sure you know that from your vintage JMP.
     
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    You will only regret it if you don't like tone. Welcome to a great amp. Both channels rock all the bands you listed and more are covered.. Get attenuator and enjoy it fully
     
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    If you want an 800 look at the SC20H and matching 2x12, thats in your budget. :yesway:
     
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    I was gonna post the same suggestion that @pedecamp did earlier,....are you aware of the Marshall Studio amps?

    The SC20 and the SV20 have the goods, and being only 20 watts, they’re a bit more manageable at home than some larger more expensive amps.

    Don’t let that 20 watts worry you, these amp are plenty loud. You could probably buy a new SC20 or SV20 head and 1-12 cab and stay in your budget.
     
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    Take the DSL100 and have an absolute blast with it! Truly fantastic sounding amps ( I have the DSL 100 and DSL 50 heads). Very, very versatile. EASILY enjoyable at home. Not even a Pro Tip - if you want that amp roaring, crank it up and stick a Volume control in the FX Loop (with an EQ,etc). Use that Volume to control said thunder. Though you don't need to do this to have these amps sound good at all, (they are already enjoyable at lower volume) you can get a taste for the sweetness that prevails when absolutely cranked up.
     
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    Became my fav amp. Set Normal up as NMV & boost side is right on for what i play. Have it on k100's or move to greenbacks for a bit of flavor change.
     
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