What do you get in this reissue? Marshall on this one released a Hand Wired amp with specifications as near as possible to the original – and it ‘s damn close. Take out the chassis and you are catapulted back to those early days when Jim Marshall and his team were making small(ish) numbers of these amps. The old originals cost real money these days, and Marshall has identified a hole in the marketplace so the released this unit.
If you want that original sound then this amp does deliver, and being just 20 watts or thereabouts it will not break your windows (but it might break your bank). If you do the jumper trick like on all old Marshall amps then this amp sounds really good. It’s a strange little beast in many ways. Firstly it uses EL84 tubes which are not really known for the Marshall sound – and there’s no Standby switch – it’s either on or off. Because it uses EL84 there’s no biasing tubes and all that palaver – you just plug the new ones in and away you go.