This UK-built series comprises the following models:
The power amplifier stage is based on the first Marshall amplifiers ever produced and boasts KT66 output valves (a quartet in the 2466, a pair in the 2266 and 2266C), which Marshall say produces a fat, smooth, vintage tone. The preamp stage features four ECC83 (12AX7) valves and boasts two â€˜frequency selectiveâ€™ gain controls â€” Body and Detail. Body affects the lows and low-mids while Detail affects the upper-mids and highs, giving the user greater tone shaping flexibility. A Mid-Boost button is also included to add further fatness and punch.
Each Vintage Modern model also offers two â€˜dynamic rangesâ€™ â€” low and high â€” which are selectable via a front panel button or the supplied, two-way footswitch. The â€˜low dynamic rangeâ€™ offers the level of gain and performance characteristic of a late â€˜60s vintage Marshall; selecting the â€˜high dynamic rangeâ€™ kicks in another valve gain stage, giving the user modern levels of overdrive while preserving the ampâ€™s sensitivity to picking nuances and subtle volume control level dynamics.
In addition to the usual array of tone controls (Treble, Middle, Bass and Presence), the Vintage Modern amps also feature a footswitchable, studio-quality, digital plate-reverb which was specifically developed for this range. Another modern feature is a series FX loop that lives on the rear panel and has a -10/+4 dB level switch plus a true-bypass facility.
To ensure classic Marshall vintage tone, the Vintage Modern Combo and cabinets are loaded with Celestion G12C 25-Watt Greenbacks â€” the same speakers used in Marshallâ€™s Limited Edition Jimi Hendrix Super 100JH Signature stack. These speakers have been specially voiced to deliver rich and balanced harmonic tones.
Aesthetically, the Vintage Modern is covered in a subtle black and purple flec vinyl that changes hues from dark-blue to purple to blacker-than-black, depending on light and viewing angle. That combined with the blue/purple glow of the square indicator light on the front panel, say Marshall, makes the Vintage Modern Series particularly striking.
Pricing and Availability:
The new Marshall Vintage Modern Series Amplifiers are available Spring 2007, with U.S. MSRPs as follows:
425A/425B $1390.00 each