I looked at some new valvestate heads but at the end of the day you can get close to REAL valve sound but technology is still a bit away from from the warmth and character of valves
Model Year: 1987
Price: $800.00 Australian
Where Obtained: private
It has presence, 3 band eq (shared), Output master (pullchannel), Lead master and Input gain (pull rythym clip). It has an fx loop, d.i., and f/switch on back panel. Its run on 4 valves and sounds great. I run it through a jcm 800 box with 4x12 celestions but I have had it re-wired in stereo.
I use a Yamaha pacifica 112 which I have put seymour duncan p/ups on, I also use a Samick 335 copy with jazz emg`s and a Fernandes Les paul copy. Like all Marshalls its mainly suited to rock but I am running a Korg ax1000g through it and it has greatly incresed the various tones I can acheive. The fx unit seems to sound better straight in as opossed to through the fx loop which seems a bit strange to me.
It is very basic, you are basically attempting to get a nice clean sound, which is hard when you only have a shared eq and input gain. If you acheive a nice clean sound you tend to lose a bit of grunt on the overdrive channel.
The good thing about the head is that is was built back when Marshall gave a damn about how well their amps were built. I have friends who have bought more recent gear and have had a lot of trouble with fuses and capacitors. They just don`t seem to be as solid as mine either, different type of wood I suppose.