Orange Rocker 30
This I love, I was playing this amp for about an hour in total just because I loved it so much. It has more than enough gain for what I need so if I'm ever in a metal mood I can get there without pedals.
The combo sounded great but to give me a flavor of what the head would sound like I plugged into the Orange PPC212 and it sounded much more open and defined.
I was extremely impressed with the Windsor, I was expecting it to be a bit lacking in everything with the price tag but it's really not. The cleans I think aren't the greatest I've ever heard, but they are pretty good for a single channel amp. Easy to EQ as well, I got a tone from it that I quite liked after about 2 min of basic fiddling. The gain on it is pretty impressive as well, the pre-amp volume on the low gain input takes you up to some classic rock levels maybe a bit more than that. Then the high input will take you to around Metallica levels of gain before it gets a little bit fizzy.
Great sounding amp, especially for the price. Definitely gets you those classic british tones.
Side note: Has anyone else noticed how huge the head is!?
Peavey Delta Blues 115
Now this I was so close to buying until I plugged back into the Orange. The cleans are godly, if I was more of a clean blues man I would snap this thing up in an instant. I can't quite find words to describe them In built reverb tank only sweetens the deal. But the OD on it is quite fizzy. Which is a shame. I pushed it right up to 12 and rolled it back a bit, on the lower end it was more of a creamy overdrive more for blues, it only really started to distort at about 5 (IIRC) and at about 7 (again IIRC) it got a bit fizzy.
But for cleans it was amazing.
Marshall JMP Reissue
If only I was a richer man...
This was really, really nice. Beautiful glassy cleans and a really nice overdrive. Not much more to say really it's an amazing amp :shrug:
I can't compare it to the original 'cos I've never played it.
This is done with a tele and a fret king strat type guitar. My initial reaction was, well.. underwhelmed. An amp called the MoFo I was expecting a roaring little bastard that offended all elderly people within a 2 mile radius. But it was quite tame. When I actually got down to it I realized that this amp wasn't made to go that way in it's natural state it's a blusey little thing, you have to push it pretty hard to get it to break up, and the gain knob means that if you roll that off and the master volume right the way it doesn't break up and has plenty of headroom for a 30W amp even with the stealth switch on.
Then I discovered the 'MoFo' footswitch, the amp really proved itself there, the mofo switch adds a ton of gain. However for me (I play hard rock) buying the MoFo would be a bit silly since running the amp balls to the wall with the boost on all the time seems a bit extreme.
The natural tone of the amp I found to be quite bright in both the US and the UK inputs (I actually found very little difference other than the amp broke up a bit quicker on the US) which is awesome for the cleans, it really bring a lot out of the guitar and I imagine with a Les Paul and some decent pickups this thing will sound great. The guy I was talking to while I was playing it also said that this amp takes pedals well.
I think this is an example of an amp that would benefit from a different cab I didn't get chance to try one but the other guys in the shop agreed with me that a 1x12 would make it sound much different by adding that bottom end to it.
Marshall Class 5
First thing I thought when I plugged in was that the cleans were very very good. It had a suprising amont of headroom as well started to break up around 5 on the volume knob. Very nice thick tone to it as well, it took me about 2 mins of EQ'ing to find a tone I adored.
Next thing that jumped out at me was this thing is freaking loud, I cranked it up for a bit and it was brilliant, I reckon that it might (just) be useable with drums but don't quote me on that
It's definitley a vintage Marshall tone & roar, the nickname mini bluesbreaker is
spot on it sounds amazing. It takes pedals as well, I plugged in with a Maxon OD9 I think it was, sounded sublime.
All in all, I want this amp. Really badly want it. There was a guy testing out a Blackstar HT-5 just down the aisle and IMO it had nothing on the Marshall.
good to know on all of those - honestly I think the Class 5 is one of the best things Marshall has put out since the JVMs and Vintage Moderns, but there do seem to be some quality issues - look around and there are loads of ex repair b-stock models!