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    I know that the Marshall AVT amps do not get a lot of love here and I understand why as they are a bit pricey for the quality and features.

    However, I got a Marshall AVT50 combo amp off Ebay for $150. I first replaced the stock tube with a Groove Tube ECC83 and then I replaced the stock speaker with an Eminence Governor. IMHO, this improved the tonal qualities of the amp A LOT. I am not saying it is as good as a JCM or DSL, but for practice and small gigs, it is a pretty decent amp. Also, it does not get any where near as muddy with the volume and gained turned up as it did before my mods.

    With that said, I would not be as happy if I had to pay the full price ($499) and then invest another $90 or so to make it sound decent.

    Anyone else have any similar positive experiences with the Marshall AVT series?

    Dennis

  • #2
    Nope, basically no positive experiences with the AVT.
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    • #3
      i still hate myself for being suckered by guitar center salespeople into buying a new Marshall Avt150 halfstack.

      i lost almost 700 bucks getting rid of it.

      overall, bad experience, nothing good besides impressive guitar noob friends.

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      • #4
        No love!! They are junk....BUT it does have an effects loop SO you can use it for a cheap dry/wet rig with a better amp supplying the dry tone. Try it.

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        • #5
          Only way I got my avt100 to sound ok and be loud enough to jam in a band was to put a proco rat in front of it...

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          • #6
            i have a avt150h its not terrible its good for a beginner amp but you need run alot through the fx loop to make it sound decent i use it when a friend comes over to write stuff so u have two amps goin at the same time ... and i sumtimes i di it with the emmulated out when im too lazy to mic stuff lol im pretty sure by next year its gonna be gettin sold tho lmao

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            • #7
              I wanted one when I was around 15.

              That's all I can say positively about them. I think I even still have an HC review of one that I typed up when I used to come here years and years and years ago. haha.

              The 4x12s especially suck teh balls, but I'm glad you like your little combo. $150 is a decent price.
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              • #8
                Bahaha! Found it, cause I'm that bored and decided to Google.

                Product: Marshall VS2000 AVT150H Head
                Price Paid: $999 (Canadian)
                Submitted 09/30/2001 at 010pm by Tom VanDeven

                Features : 10
                A quad-super lead? This amp is truly a breakthrough for solid-state guitar amps that not only sound and feel good to the player, but are within a very affordable price range (unlike the Line 6/Mesa heads everyone is comparing this to). I'm sure you probably know what this amp has from reading the other reviews, and its truly a versatile combination of features that should please any style of guitarist

                Sound Quality : 9
                At the moment, I'm playing a new Fender USA Stratocaster with 3 single coils. Everything about this guitar comes alive with this amp, from the shimmering sound of the AVT's clean channel that stayed tight at high volumes, the spank and clank of the Acoustic Simulator (works very well with the neck pickup), to old-school driving distortion through AVT's OD1, and the opposite, with full-out, scooped distortion fury that will make any nu-metaler scream with delight. THe disortion in particular is a fine-point of any amp, and AVT passes the test beutifully. It cleans up when the guitar volume is rolled off, which is a treat for any blues virtuoso. I play alot of Incubus, and songs off the new "Morning View" album can be perfectly captured through any one the AVT's 4 channels (and yes, Incubus does use the Mesa Rectifier Amps) Even the effects section, which boasts several reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, and many combinations of the two, is needless to say very versitile for amp-based effects, yet the quality of some of the effects is a little poor with the distortion channels. Needless to say, this amp is very toneful and will provide anyone, from blues greats to rockers, with enough of anything to keep them smiling.

                Reliability : 10
                Though only having this amp for about a month and a half, it has withstood almost a year in the music store showroom, and I wouldnt be surprised if it lasted me above and beyond when Marshall will make another Valvestate amp (which if its as good as this, I would probably buy too). And another smart thing about this amp is the solid-state way of not having to replace and replace tubes. Sure, it may have one ECC83 (12AX7) pre-amp valve, but the convenience of not having to re-tube and re-bias your amp is worth the price of admission by itself.

                Customer Support : No Opinion
                Haven't had to deal with Marshall about anything and probably never will have to

                Overall Rating : 10
                Overall, this amp answers any guitarist's dream of making the music that you hear in your head come out of the speakers. You want the clean country spank? Its got it. Howabout warm, jazzy overdrive? You'll find it here. But must not we forget the gut-wrenching distortion? Oh, theres plently to be found here. For a lower-priced amp with a truckload of features, the AVT150H cannot be touched.


                Wow, I have been coming here for 7 years. Yikes.
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                • #9
                  Only positive I ever had about my AVT150 combo (which I had back in uni) was seeing the poor sucker who bought it off me drive his ass home! I put it up on yahoo sales for the same price I got it for and someone called that night asking me how I could do it so much cheaper than the RRP............

                  I did feel bad - for a minute. Then remembered the amount of sheer awesome gear I had let go for hundreds less than I bought it for.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah I sold mine after 2 weeks.

                    I was hoping it might be a little like my old 8080 combo.

                    But no a fuzzy piece of **************** it was
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                    • #11
                      I had an AVT20, the stock speaker did that amp no favors. I connected it to a Crate bass cab with a 15 inch EV speaker and the amp sounded much smoother.

                      Even with a different speaker, that amp wasn't versatile. I sold it within a year.

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                      • #12
                        i think the most popular mod is the "flip" mod.


                        its where you sell it and buy a DSL
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                        • #13
                          do they sound good enough for low volume bedroom rockin? or are the spiders or other modelling gizmos better for that

                          cause i really need a new practice amp
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                          • #14
                            I was hoping it might be a little like my old 8080 combo.

                            But no a fuzzy piece of **************** it was

                            haha, that's exactly why I bought my AVT100, lol. What a major letdown.

                            OP, no positives IME, although $150 is still a deal. I'm sure it can sound decent with the upgrades you've done. With the price you paid, you can still flip it and make your loot back, which is definitely a positive. Just hold on to the old parts you replaced in case you go that direction at some point.
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                            • #15
                              There was a Hiwatt combo at our old rehearsal spot, fairly new looking. I dunno the model number, but it was a 1x12, i believe ss or at least hybrid.

                              If I was buying a home practise combo, that would be it!

                              If money is tight, go for the Kustom KBAs They are superb value for the money.

                              There are FAR better offerings out there that the AVT. In fact, a guitar lead shoved up a cat arsehole makes a better sound than an AVT!
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