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Clear natural sound and the power to perform.

This Marshall AS100D Acoustic Combo Amp is the one to have. Specially designed for use with a variety of acoustic instruments with or without pickups. Its four channels give you the flexibility to handle piezo transducers or magnetic pickups, a mic for vocals or instruments, and external audio equipment via a phono input channel. Channels 1 and 2 have separate EQ and level controls but also may be linked. 2x50W stereo power gives you plenty of oomph for stage performance, and a balanced line out allows direct connection to a PA. The Marshall amp has a built-in digital reverb, delay, and chorus that add dimension to your sound, and a balanced parallel effects loop with level is included. Anti-feedback controls include a phase switch and notch filters for each channel with selectable extra notch depth for channels 1 and 2.

FEATURES
  • Channels for both piezo and magnetic pickups
  • 2x50W of power
  • 2 - 8" speakers
  • Built-in digital reverb, delay, and chorus
  • Notch filters and phase switches for feedback control
  • Dedicated mic channel for vocals or miking instruments
SPECIFICATIONS

AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp

  • 23-3/4"W x 21-1/4"H x 10-1/4"D (600 x 540 x 261mm)
    46 lb. (21kg)
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MarshallAS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp
 
4.7

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Performances (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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Versatile and Well-Designed Acoustic Amp

The Marshall AS100D acoustic soloist amplifier is a very versatile and finely crafted piece of equipment. Instead of simply listing and commenting on its many features, I would like to focus on my experience...Read complete review

The Marshall AS100D acoustic soloist amplifier is a very versatile and finely crafted piece of equipment. Instead of simply listing and commenting on its many features, I would like to focus on my experience with the amp and some of its attributes. On occasion, I will compare it to the new Fender Acoustasonic 150 stereo amp, which I considered and tested before purchasing the Marshall. In general, the AS100D is exceptional as an acoustic instrument amp. It seems like the engineers at Marshall really put some thought into the design of this amp. It's very versatile and seems to accommodate just about any acoustic instrument scenario. I play several acoustic guitars through it (Taylor, Alvarez-Yairi, Takamine), and each sounds spectacular. Likewise, the vocal channel is clear and sounds great. I run my live vocals through a Shure SM58 microphone. In the past, I used two old Fender Acoustasonic SFX amps in a stereo rig setup. They sounded great, but weighed a ton and had no direct-out capabilities. Ultimately, I sold both Fenders and bought a compact Yamaha PA system. To increase the quality and versatility of my sound, I decided to supplement the PA with an acoustic amp. As forementioned, I tested both the new Fender Acoustasonic 150 and the Marshall AS100D, ultimately purchasing the latter. Although the AS100D has very clear and usable stock effects (reverbs, delays, etc.), some users may require external effects for more control and versatility. This leads to my main point. One of the great features of this amp is the stereo FX loop. Compared to the new Fender Acoustasonic stereo 150, the AS100D has both right and left stereo return inputs, whereas the Fender only has one stereo input that requires a "Y" adapter. The Marshall also has a level control for the FX loop, which is very handy for adjusting the signal running through the loop. In addition to its primary use as an acoustic instrument amp, I have found that the AS100D, with its stereo capabilities, also sounds absolutely stunning with an electric guitar when running a quality signal processor through its FX stereo loop. The AS100D has pristine clean amplification, and this really complements the signal processor and amp simulations. I own and have used both a Line 6 POD XT Pro rack system and a Digitech RP500 with this amp with good results. Of course, when using an electric guitar and effects processor through any acoustic amp or PA, careful attention must be paid to equalization for best results. The AS100D is no exception, but what surprised me is that it doesn't require extreme tonal adjustments. I will, however, state that I am not a heavy metal guitar player, and would guess the amp would not be ideal for that style of playing where high gain and creative feedback is needed. But for classic rock and clean settings, it sounds wonderful. Amp simulations I have used with good results on the AS100D include the following: Fender Twin Reverb, Fender Bassman, Vox AC30/15, Supro, Marshall (early), and boutique clean models. My criticisms? The amp is somewhat heavy (47 lbs), but it's such a versatile and beautiful piece of equipment, I don't mind the weight. The Acoustasonic 150 is half the weight, but just doesn't feel solid. In fact, it felt a bit flimsy. I am disappointed that Marshall doesn't offer a custom cover. Some reviewers voiced disappointment over the 15V (as opposed to 48V) phantom power, but I had no problem in my limited use of condenser microphones with the amp. I guess one would need to test out any condenser microphone before buying. In conclusion, the Marshall AS100D is a solid, great-sounding amp for acoustic instrument and voice amplification. It also doubles as a stereo system for electric guitars.
Expensive, but I believe it is worth the extra money for its quality and versatility.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I like it but I'm still scratching my head.

It's a good amp. Fits the hype? Eh, mostly sort of. For a modern amp to be designed without MP-3 Mini jacks on the aux. And no USB on the outputs...Read complete review

It's a good amp. Fits the hype? Eh, mostly sort of. For a modern amp to be designed without MP-3 Mini jacks on the aux. And no USB on the outputs seems lazy. It kind of out dates the amp quickly. I like an amp I'll find useful 'longer' thus having the Marshall brand connected to that additional image of being a TOTAL keeper. The more YOU play it, the more others get a demo of it and want one. Instead of thinking well, it's nice but I wish it had a few basic plugs for commonly used equipment. Maybe I'll look into something else when that becomes an issue and I can kick it aside until one day I sell it because it's not as useful or portable as the new one is.
I've had friends complain about speaker replacement from gigging - not me personally. But it does worry me when it's my turn.
You cannot subtly mix effects - one at a time. Not a big deal at all, but would be a plus to combine a couple. My biggest problem is them going to the effort to make a 4 channel amp and when you use the reverb, chorus or any effect, It's shared with ALL the other channels also, ...vocals included! it's a nice sounding amp that would be immensely more useful with 3 simple options included instead of stopping short of greatness, as I feel it did. Perhaps I should've waited in case it was left behind intentionally to be included in the newer improved models later? :-p You can always use stomp boxes, but I like the idea of using the 'built in' effects in a combo amp. I realize it's more expensive to have at least two channel with separate effects. But it's about usage and versatility too, not just cost. Yes,.. it would trickle down to the customer but it would also be an equal selling point for the amp, especially to performers. It can be a difficult balance to maintain in a product with so much to consider, but in this case it makes me wonder if the designer was a bit out of touch - at least with the jack issues. Still a good amp though.

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(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile and Well-Designed Acoustic Amp

By Profdave

from Kentucky

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Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

The Marshall AS100D acoustic soloist amplifier is a very versatile and finely crafted piece of equipment. Instead of simply listing and commenting on its many features, I would like to focus on my experience with the amp and some of its attributes. On occasion, I will compare it to the new Fender Acoustasonic 150 stereo amp, which I considered and tested before purchasing the Marshall. In general, the AS100D is exceptional as an acoustic instrument amp. It seems like the engineers at Marshall really put some thought into the design of this amp. It's very versatile and seems to accommodate just about any acoustic instrument scenario. I play several acoustic guitars through it (Taylor, Alvarez-Yairi, Takamine), and each sounds spectacular. Likewise, the vocal channel is clear and sounds great. I run my live vocals through a Shure SM58 microphone. In the past, I used two old Fender Acoustasonic SFX amps in a stereo rig setup. They sounded great, but weighed a ton and had no direct-out capabilities. Ultimately, I sold both Fenders and bought a compact Yamaha PA system. To increase the quality and versatility of my sound, I decided to supplement the PA with an acoustic amp. As forementioned, I tested both the new Fender Acoustasonic 150 and the Marshall AS100D, ultimately purchasing the latter. Although the AS100D has very clear and usable stock effects (reverbs, delays, etc.), some users may require external effects for more control and versatility. This leads to my main point. One of the great features of this amp is the stereo FX loop. Compared to the new Fender Acoustasonic stereo 150, the AS100D has both right and left stereo return inputs, whereas the Fender only has one stereo input that requires a "Y" adapter. The Marshall also has a level control for the FX loop, which is very handy for adjusting the signal running through the loop. In addition to its primary use as an acoustic instrument amp, I have found that the AS100D, with its stereo capabilities, also sounds absolutely stunning with an electric guitar when running a quality signal processor through its FX stereo loop. The AS100D has pristine clean amplification, and this really complements the signal processor and amp simulations. I own and have used both a Line 6 POD XT Pro rack system and a Digitech RP500 with this amp with good results. Of course, when using an electric guitar and effects processor through any acoustic amp or PA, careful attention must be paid to equalization for best results. The AS100D is no exception, but what surprised me is that it doesn't require extreme tonal adjustments. I will, however, state that I am not a heavy metal guitar player, and would guess the amp would not be ideal for that style of playing where high gain and creative feedback is needed. But for classic rock and clean settings, it sounds wonderful. Amp simulations I have used with good results on the AS100D include the following: Fender Twin Reverb, Fender Bassman, Vox AC30/15, Supro, Marshall (early), and boutique clean models. My criticisms? The amp is somewhat heavy (47 lbs), but it's such a versatile and beautiful piece of equipment, I don't mind the weight. The Acoustasonic 150 is half the weight, but just doesn't feel solid. In fact, it felt a bit flimsy. I am disappointed that Marshall doesn't offer a custom cover. Some reviewers voiced disappointment over the 15V (as opposed to 48V) phantom power, but I had no problem in my limited use of condenser microphones with the amp. I guess one would need to test out any condenser microphone before buying. In conclusion, the Marshall AS100D is a solid, great-sounding amp for acoustic instrument and voice amplification. It also doubles as a stereo system for electric guitars.
Expensive, but I believe it is worth the extra money for its quality and versatility.

(13 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT, BUT WEIGHTS A TON

By Larry Seguecio

from Porto Alegre/BRA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

    Had mine for 3 years.

    Soundwise , it's a great amp, crystal clear reproduction. Also has 3 instrument and 1 AUX channels, which might give you some stage flexibility or work as a single PA system for a 1 voice, 2 strings, 1 drum machine duo. Several effects, phantom power, feedback reducer, and all the other standart features. It has loop, also.

    Now the bad news: it's huge and weights a ton. Seriously, this is havier than my Peavey Delta Blues, which is 100% tube. After a big while, it has hit me between the eyes that this amp would hardly go anywhere because of it's portability issues. If it's not fun to take it to a casual family barbecue,then what's to say about regular coffee shop gigs (keeping in mind that you won't need it in larger venues, because of its own PA)?

    In other words: the purpose of such an amp is to let you play where no sound system is avaiable. But thrust me on this one: this will not be your easiest task with the AS100D as your sidekick. Unless you're a weightlifting olimpic medalist.

    With that in mind, I've shopped around for one of the lightweight models and settled for the new Acoustasonic 100. Doesn't have as many channels, doesn't sound as good, and it's not as loud. But your mate should have his own amp, your regular audience doesn't have absolute ears, and the Fender is loud enough for a PA-less stablishment.

    Overall, the AS100D is Marshall quality to the bone. But its concept has been outdated by the new developments in the industry. It makes no sense to load all that weight into something that's meant to go around.

    But I'd recommend it to whoever has the muscle and the ears to it.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Marshall AS100D acoustic solo amp

    By Ron and Mary Kay Lowe

    from Colorado

    Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

    Highly recommend the Marshall AS100D amp.
    First of all, I was apprehensive to buy a used amp, but thanks to the rating of mint condition and Musician's Friend, it arrived as good as a new one. Very Pleased. It looked like just an open box.

    I do solo gigs and was using a Music Man 112RD for my acoustic (Yari Alverez DY75) with a LR Bagg passive undersaddle pickup. The sound was pretty good, but was loosing the warmth and natural sound of my acoustic, even when running the guitar thru my PA. Well I hooked up the Marshall AS100D and could not believe the sound it was producing for my acoustic. It was natural, full, and plenty of headroom. It took my acoustic sound to a whole new level. I have now used 3 times in a professional setting.

    I tried my original 1966 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean thru the Marshall and I have to admit it was just ok, but I have been spoiled by the tube amp for the Gretsch. After all, the Marshall's for the acoustic, but in a pinch, I could use the Gretsch.

    Another thing worth mentioning, I do some small coffee shop gigs and all I need is the Marshall, my Beta 58 Shure mic, guitar, and I am set. The amp is plenty adequate to produce a quality vocal sound.

    The digital effects are very good....for guitar and vocal.

    Bottom line... I highly recommend this Marshall AS100D

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Acoustic Amp I've Ever Played

    By JR

    from South Burlington, Vermont

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    Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

    For the money, this is the best out there. I must admit that I haven't played the boutique European amps that go for over a grand, or the Bose system. I don't think you can touch this for anywhere near the price. A real winner.
    This great amp was a real surprise. It has many features. You have four separate channels, each with separate controls. The effects are very good, it has 9 reverbs alone to play with. It is a bit heavy at 45 lbs.but it is compact and carries easily. The quality is first rate. When I compared this amp directly with the Fender Acoustasonic Junior I was amazed at the differences. They both have two 8" speakers, but the Marshall has two tweeters to the Fender's one. The lows on the Marshall are WAY better than the Fender. Even with the controls straight across the sound of the AS100D is rich and full. Like all Marshalls, it has plenty of volume. It will easily fill any club.
    My biggest surprise with this amp is the way it sounds with my jazz guitar. I played a Washburn J7. This is a large hollow body with two humbuckers, a carved spruce top and maple back and sides. The AS100D makes it sound fantastic. I can get any tones I want, from almost pure acoustic, to jazz, to rockabilly. The Marshall also likes my Fender Strat. I admit that this is not the amp for heavy metal, but just for kicks I put my Strat through my Zoom effects box and the amp sounded very fine. One of the reasons the Fender didn't sound nearly as good is they forgot to put a crossover network from the 8" speaker to the tweeter. The tweeter gets all the low frequencies as well as the highs. At low playing volumes this is not a problem, but a higher volumes the highs become muddy. The AS100D has a crossover and the highs are isolated.
    What more can you say about an amp that can play everything? I have a 6 and a 12 string Martin J-40s, A Washburn J7, and two Strats, an American HH and a Mexican Deluxe with Tex-Mex pickups. It sounds great with all of them. Oh, and it also sounds great for vocals. I put a mike in one of the channels. When playing the J7 and singing through the mike it's as good or better than many house PAs.

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    an extremely capable amplifier!!!!

    By jammin salmon

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

    this is the amp you want,ive tried the fender sfx II the fishmans the p.a systems, and for the money this is the one.it can do it all very very well!
    i use a martin swomgt with an L.R. baggs element pickup installed in it, this amp brings out the true color of your guitars sound and can be dialed in to fit just about any gig your going to have.from coffee house to a large bar or a large amphtheatre.it can hook up to a P.A . system for larger venues if needed.i cannot recommend this amp enough to anyone looking for fabulous clean tone that perfectly represents your instruments true sound or use a bunch of great effects bulit in, it is so versitile i can use my 12 string 67 fender villager, a banjo, and even more impressive my telecaster, you can get some really sweet clean tones with the tele and this amp its not a one trick pony.this amp is a anti-feedback king! with tons of different anti feedback features and we all know how much of a pain in the neck feedback can be in a live performance. the mic sounds great also, and yes you can get effects on your gitar but no effects on vocals{some other reviewers complained about how you couldnt} but you can and vocals sound great!
    very high quality and a real classy look with brownish red leather outter and gold trim around the speakers. will last a long time, superior marshall quality and very customizable sound and super versitile, one amp for my gigs now.
    good value. you 100% get what you pay for!

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Versitile!

    By Disciple Aaron

    from Pennsylvania

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      First the negatives -- input/output sections. Hey guys -- RCA jacks on the aux in? Really? MP3 players use mini jacks. Add one! Carrying around a collection of adapters is sorta asking for something essential to be left behind. As for outputs -- really guys? Have you heard of USB? ADD ONE! Beyond those two negatives this amp is a smash hit, for reasons explained below.

      I've been in music since S & H Green Stamps got my first guitar from Montgomery Wards. In this case, I wanted an all-in-one. Here's how it's being used.

      Ministry: For a home fellowship, we wanted multiple inputs (piano/organ, microphone, guitar & MP3 player). Done. For a small meeting room, this nails it. Preacher on the mic, pianist, or canned music with plenty of headroom in other channels. Sound is top-shelf. As for music quality-- every frequency right where it is needed. Put a second mic up there for audience questions/participation, and route the audio output over into the video recording computer (Wirecast)and you can do live streaming. (Just figure out how to get the 1/4" outs into USB.)

      Education: Direct out from laptop into amp (just remember the RCA adapter) and the sound is perfect. USB the laptop to a projector and you are in biz for up to 100 people, no problem. High-end Sennheiser microphone on the lecturer, and the vocal-speaking voice sound is outstanding.

      Music Instruction: plug in two pianos or guitars at once, you have an instant music school. Two mics, give vocal lessons. No more lugging around pairs (or more) of amplifiers or PA. Add a small mixer that actually HAS flexibility with more ins/outs, and no doubt this is a serious tool for more advanced recording applications.

      One-man-band: MP3 player into aux in, and split the signal of the double-neck guitar to a pair of floor effects units. Run the 12 string side into a Boss acoustic modeling gadget, and route that output into one of the instrument inputs. Run the 6 string side into a floor multi-effect switch bank, and route that into a second instrument input channel. Hot, mellow, crunch or whatever, nailed it! (Vocals get their own channel as well, and you are in biz for small venues or rehersals.)

      Summary: I rate it a solid 4.75 stars, missing the last 1/2 star only because someone forgot modernisms of USB and Mini in/out. If you can make the AS100D 2.0 model, PLEASE add those essential ingredients!!! Otherwise, recommend people pick up a mixer as a side-bar, just to get the hot signal into other gear (computer mainly).

      This is light years ahead of a mere "acoustic amp." The sound quality of this Marshall trumps numerous other items costing far more, including full mini PA rigs. This IS a PA system, in addition to many other possible applications. Being almost self contained (with a side case of adapter gadgets), there isn't much on the small scale you can't do with it. Worth every penny, particularly when you need to switch gears depending on what day of the week it is.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great amp! Where you been?

      By Paxton

      from Tallahassee, Florida

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Nary A Single Con

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      This is my search-stop for a combo amp. The Marshall meets all my expectations. And if I want to go big stage I can XLR through! Super amp! I play an electric acoustic and get the sound I want with this amp. Plenty of punch, power and warmth, and no loss of sound quality when turning the amp way down in a small room. When I add my usual external processor in it just gets sweeter! Getting my guitar sound the way I want it has been really tough to do over the years because I finger pick with a lot of power strumming. I also add a small guitar compressor only because of the extra processor settings. Tweaking the external compressor works and does not seem to compete with the amp's built in limiter as near as I can tell. And I like the amp's FX package... I can add it to both guitar and mic channels or turn it off on the mic only. The 15 watt phantom power does not bother me... if I need it, a simple power supply will get me where I want to be.... not a deal killer! The amp's other features far outweigh the low-wattage phantom power... especially since I don't typically use condenser mics.

      (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      A Nightmare Finding Parts

      By Lovneveryminuteofit

      from Minot, ND

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      Pros

      • Asthetically Pleasing
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Long Shipping Time
      • Parts Difficult To Obtain
      • Poor Product Support

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      Thought this amp was the cat's meow until it came time to start replacing speakers. Blew out the horns in a relatively short period. Original horns were discontinued. The new replacement horns required drilling larger holes in the mounting plate which required purchasing a 3.125" hole saw. Now I'm replacing one of the 8" speakers. Not able to find it online (same problem with the horns) and will have to go through Marshall to special order it. What good is a product if you don't have parts readily available? For the gigging musician, this would be unacceptable. Will give this a "don't buy" recommendation solely because of the tight control by Marshall on replacement parts and shipping time.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Solid, Quality Amp

      By midough51

      from Bozeman, MT

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

        Had to return the first one because of a non-working channel. Musicians Friend was very quick to send me a new one. Replacement works great. Sound is exactly what I expected. Been using in a winery/restaurant in a medium size room with two adjoing rooms. Sound is good in all three with volume below half. My only complaint is the poor owner's manual. Tells you what knobs and buttons are, but not what they do or how to use them. Bass/Treble knobs are self explanatory, but the rest could use some explaining. I'm acoustic only, and this is my first real amp.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Amp...But Only 15 Vots Phantom Power & Unassignable Effects

        By John Mertens

        from Central Virginia

        Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

        If it wasn't for the lack of adequate phantom power as explained above, I'd go with a 9 here even with unassignable effects. I'd even go 10 if it had both adequate phantom power, and assignable effects,
        I just purchased the AS100D, and it is an awesome sounding amp. It's also nice to have three instrument/mic channels. But I do have two complaints. First is the phantom power. It's only 15 volts where most condensor mics need 48 volts for operation & optimum performance. So you either have to run a separate phantom power supply, or a vocal processor w/ 48 volt phantom power capabilty should you use condensor mics for anything. The second thing is the on-board digital effects. They are not assignable, and apply across all channels. Whatever effect(s) you put on your instrument will also be applied to your vocals. So while it is a great multi-channel amp...you will need to buy a couple of other pieces to have total control over the sound. I just find it hard to believe Marshall wouldn't at least include 48 volts of phantom power instead of a measly 15, and an effects swith for each channel on an otherwise fine piece of equipment.
        Though I have a couple of feature related issues, this is a very high quality amp.
        For the money, nobody else touches it.

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