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An all-tube half stack with Marshall tone and style.
The twin-channel DSL100H monster has the same tube complement and feature set as the iconic DSL100, with a few upgrades. Marshall has added a Resonance control as opposed to the original's fixed Deep switch, so you have total control of how much low end girth you add. The spring reverb has been replaced with studio-quality digital reverb. A rear panel Pentode/Triode switch drops the output to 50W. A two-way footswitch is supplied. This half stack kit is a seriously epic rig.
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Comments about Marshall DSL100H and MX412A 4x12 100W All-Tube Half Stack:
The first head I received blew a tube out within a week so I had to send it back, but I can't blame that on MF. The replacement works great without any issue. No issues with the cabinet. One thing to note is that both the head and the cabinet come with a speaker cable in the box, so there's no need to purchase an extra one (unless you're like me and prefer high-quality cables).
I've always been a Fender Amps guy so this is the first legit all-tube Marshall I've owned and I'm pretty happy with it. You can get a variety of classic Marshall tones pretty easily. The clean channel is ok, it's never going to be as sweet and responsive as a Fender would but I doubt many people buy a Marshall for the clean tones.
The Triode/Diode switch is pretty useful if you don't need all 100W all the time. I only use the 50W setting at home, 100W for live settings.
While I bought this primarily for gigging, I can see some studio potential with the tones coming from this amp.
The one thing I'm not crazy about is the reverb, there are actually two reverb knobs, one for "classic" and one for "digital" or somesuch. It's a very subtle reverb sound, you really have to crank it up to get anywhere near a spring-reverb-type sound. I'm honestly not sure if this is simply what I can expect out of a Marshall or if it's something specific about the DSL100H. If you use a big, cathedral-type reverb sound, you won't get it from the DSL100H.
Overall, a really great amp for the price. It's about as close as you will get to a JCM or JVM sound without paying for the full-blown JCM/JVM. It lacks a Master Volume but that's not a deal-breaker for me.
If you're on the fence about buying this, don't be. It's a great amp for a really great price.