Marshall EL34 100/100W Stereo Power Amp

200W Power Amp

Made by Marshall

Description The EL34 100/100 is a Dual MonoBloc amplifier - meaning that each side (channel) of the stereo amplifier operates as a completely independent unit. Each channel features its own Gain and Presence controls.
Posted By Andy Wood (5136)
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On 4/17/2005, Andy Wood (5136) posted:
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This was the only fully tube, rackmount stereo power amp on the market that had 200W at the time. It is the heart of my system and is too simple to break down! It adds a warmth and character to anything you run through it and it's very loud! If you want to run smaller gigs, you can just run one side of it in mono and still get the saturated sound. The only thing that bothers me is it is very heavy to lift.
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Troy Music Melbourne
Each channel features its own Gain and Presence controls. Each channel also has a remotely switchable 'Voice' switch which takes you from 'traditional' (Voice A) to 'modern' (Voice B) and will allow you to cut through any mix. It has more than enough power for any situation. It is a true stereo amp with fuly independant circuitry on both channels. It is a fully valve amp.
Sound Quality:
I use it with my Strat and Ibanez guitars and sometimes my acoustic guitar. It works with all styles. Essentially it is a very loud and warm sounding power amp that will make almost anything you put into it sound good. It has a warmest valve sound of any amp I have played. It is electronically quiet but does have a cooling fan to keep the tubes from overheating. It is very clear at high volumes.
Ease of Use:
It is not programmable, but I use it with my JMP01 MIDI Preamp which is fully programmable. The controls are very simple, just a volume and presence control and a switch tha tcan select "traditional" or "modern" sound. Once it is set I leave alone and do all my tone shaping on the preamp.
It is designed as a gig workhorse. It won't quit unless you block the cooling fan (which I did once!). I only had to replace a tube once because the cooling fan was blocked. It is very heavy and not easy to carry. I would recommend getting a seperate rack case just for the power amp, and another for your preamp and effects - makes it so much easier to carry.