Marshall 2012 DSL Series Tube Amps
Marshall introduces 4 new all-tube Dual Super Lead (DSL) Series amplifiers, based on the JCM2000 DSL100 head.
The new DSL Series come in a compact 15 watt head, a 15 watt combo version, a bigger 40 watt combo and a loud 100 watt head.
The JCM2000 Dual Super Lead series amps where released back in 1997. The series' twin channel and all-tube design were well received. Now Marshall is bringing back the DSL Series in a relatively affordable package with upgraded tone shaping controls. Aside from sporting two lead channels, another notable feature that is shared by these new amps is its rear mounted Pentode/Triode switch which can drop the amp's power to lower levels.
Marshall calls the DSL15H a mini-brute, sporting the same all-valve design with 4 12AX7 and 2 6v6 tubes in a portable 15 Watt head. It comes with two footswitchable channels - classic "British" gain and ultra gain. This small head comes with surprisingly good tone shaping options, a 4 way EQ, a midshift button and a deep button which boosts the low register. Retailing at $499.99, you will be surprised to find that the footswitch is already supplied.
The Marshall DSL15C is the combo version of the DSL15H, it features the same all-tube amplifier conveniently paired with a 12" custom voiced Celestion speaker. This 1x12 combo gives you the same tube circuitry and tone shaping features as the amp head version - including the 4 way EQ, midshift and deep buttons. As a bonus, Marshall equipped the DSL15C with a footswitchable digital reverb. This one is retailing for $599.99.
The Marshall DSL40C is a gig worthy 40-Watt all tube combo combo. It features an all-valve design (4 x 12AX7 and 2 x EL34s) that is matched with a 12" Celestion speaker. Being part of the 2012 DSL Series, it also comes with two footswitchable channels - classic and ultra gain. There are two modes per channel on the DSL40C which lets you get more tones per buck. Other unique features include a digital Reverb, bypassable series FX loop and a 5 way EQ with "Resonance" control. The Marshall DSL40C is currently being sold online for $699.99.
This all-tube twin-channel 100 Watt monster brings back the DSL100 back to life and adds modern upgrades to the original valve circuitry. It comes with 4 x ECC83 and 4 x EL34 tubes, the same set of tubes that the original DSL100 had. And it goes beyond mere copying by adding tone shaping controls, most notable of which is the resonance control which gives you full control over low-end "girth". The old spring Reverb in the original version is replaced with a more sturdy and consistent studio-quality digital reverb. And finally, like its smaller DSL Series siblings, the DSL1100H comes with a Pentode/Triode switch which cuts the amps output to 50 Watts. You can now order a DSL100H for $899.99, which comes with a 2 way footswitch for channel and reverb switching.
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