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power amp with RM4....

Post by buriedorburned » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:34 am

I need some help here, how good is the Marshall 20/20 with the RM4 preamp?

Anyone used one?

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Post by HughJasol » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:48 am

If weight isn't an issue, I'd go with the Randall RT2/50. If you want a more lightweight stereo tube solution, the Mesa 20/20 is a great way to go . . . I'm happy with mine, and while I've never tried the Marshall, all the research I did prior to deciding on the Mesa told me that the Mesa is hands down the better of the two . . .
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Post by buriedorburned » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:54 am

Well i've been offered a marshall 20/20, that's why i need to know, and there's not a lot else around at the moment.

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Post by antag » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:40 pm

Here's an off the wall suggestion - I got a 10 watt single-ended power amp custom made by MJW Amplification for around ?400-450.

The advantage over the 20/20 is that it uses one of the larger valves (5881 in my case) rather than EL84s. Felineguitars also has one (it was seeing/hearing his one that made me order one).

It sounds like a "big" amp, only you can use it in the "sweet spot" while at home without needing an attenuator or soundproofing.

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Post by Nigel T. » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:58 am

Can't you take the Marshall home and try it out? The word offered kind f suggests that would be in the line of possibilities.
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Post by Mister Joshua » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:15 am

I've used the 20/20 in the past and liked it. If it is a good offer i'd say to go for it. The el84's are great tubes as far as tone goes which is why it was at one time a favorite of mine. It is also a reliable amp which is in very stark contrast to everything else marshall makes.

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Post by goldsparkletop » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:20 pm

I don't have any personal experience with the Marshall 20/20 myself...but when I was shopping/researching power amps, I read in numerous places that the Marshall 20/20 sounds good but is prone to overheating.
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Post by dboy5150 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:45 pm

If you're still looking for a 1U 20/20, I've been running a mesa 20/20 for couple months now and absolutely love it; it does color the tones toward classic recto a bit, but I like that low-end sag feel from rectos anyway. I sold my RT2/50 purely to lighten the load but in the end I don't feel like I compromised on tone at all, and surprisingly don't miss the power reduction either; rack rig hangs right in there with my RM50 no problem.

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