Marshall have finally announced the TSL100′s successor. The Marshall JVM (named after Jim & Victoria Marshall, his daughter & current MD) comes as either a 100watt head or 100watt 2 x 12 combo. The features look mighty impressive for the money.
Basically its all valve (4 x EL34s, 5x ECC83 preamp tubes)
4 channels, Clean, Crunch, OD1, OD2
3 modes on each channel, these are all switchable, so thats 12 sounds in all or 128 if you’ve got a midi switcher.
1 Parallel FX loop (maybe my emails bitching to them all these years about the 2 effects loops on the TSL100 worked after all)
Dual Master volume, so you can up the volume at the touch of a button, handy for solo’s or even if the soundman is of the usual cretinous standard.
12 function assignable footswitch. Thats right so you can assign one button for reverb, one for FX loop punch in etc. or just have your basic sounds, then louder versions on the second button functon.
Whats cool is that the footswitch uses a 1/4″ mono jack, so you can use any length lead & have none of this fucking around with 7 pin dins etc. The TSL100 was a great amp, but was let down by the footswitch cable and that rather iffy FX loop, that added a weird film to the tone. Weirdly enough the TSL60 has a brilliant loop, but lacks the clean headroom.
While I don’t expect Marshall to be denting Dual Rectifier sales anytime soon. Anyone looking at a Peavey JSX, Hughes & Kettner or Engl head may reconsider.
The UK rrp of £899.99 is pretty damn good. An ENGL of similar spec is nearer £1400 and from what I’ve heard on the grapevine, reliability is an issue……. A H & K Switchblade is a grand, A Tri-amp is nearer two.
As a long time TSL100 user, I’ll be interested to see how these do.
But what I suspect will happen is that Marshall we discontinue the ModeFour series. This mid decade attempt to cash in on Nu Metal has not worked well. The only time I’ve heard a ModeFour up Close it sounded rather characterless, although that could of been the guitarist playing it. But someone who wants a Boogie will buy a Boogie, an American on a budget looking for a Hybrid head will buy a Randall
Most dealers are pre ordering now. Expect to be able to touch one in March.
After looking on the internet Many people have commented that the amp doesn’t sound all that hot on the video footage currently on YouTube. I’d wager that was down to getting a rather boring staid Classic Rock guitarist to demo a modern amp. To put it bluntly I could have done a better job myself;) I’ll wait to try one out and post on here as soon as.