Six Mikes

Today I made another video which I’ve been meaning to do for a while.  I recorded myself playing a short piece through my Marshall Mini Silver Jubilee head, and I recorded the sound through six different microphones.  I had three “proper” mikes pointed at the speaker cabinet, and then I used the DI output from the amp and finally the sound and video from my camcorder and my mobile phone.

If you aren’t used to recording, the differences in quality and tone might surprise you – even between the three “proper” microphones (which are decent although not top professional quality).  For me, it shows how difficult it is to record good sound.  I think my favourite was the Shure SM57 – what’s yours?

Marshall 2525H first demo

I plan on doing a short series of demos of the Marshall 2525H with different guitars.  This is the first one, using my Epiphone Rosso Corsa, which has Slash’s signature Seymour Duncan pickups.

I hope to make a few more of these in the near future.  As well as the Epiphone, I also made a short video checking out the tones of the Mini Silver Jubilee in low power mode, to answer the question of whether you can have one of these amps AND a wife!

My answer is yes – this amp sounds great at low volumes too.

Unboxing my new Marshall

Here’s the first link to one of my videos on YouTube!  I recently bought a Marshall Mini Silver Jubilee 2525H, and this was the first of several videos that I intend to make demonstrating this fine amplifier.

Until recently, I’d never played through a Marshall amplifier, and on a recent trip to England I took the opportunity to visit a shop where I was staying.  They had several Marshalls in stock, both new and secondhand, and I tried a number of them.  I was not looking at the handwired ranges as those are too expensive, and I really liked the sound and the flexibility of the DSL40C – an amp which is generally reckoned to be an excellent option in that price range.

However, the DSL40C is a combo and I really wanted a head, since I already have a 1×12 cab and I might buy a 2×12 cab in the future.  The DSL15 comes in both combo and head versions, but the DSL15H is poorly specced in comparison to the DSL40C, with neither reverb nor an FX loop.

A little while later I had some good news financially, and so I decided to celebrate by buying a Marshall.  Although I hadn’t had the opportunity to hear it, I decided to take a chance on the new Mini Silver Jubilee head.  It’s a 20W head, switchable to 5W in low power mode, and the circuit is based on the JCM800 with some modern tweaks.  It has an FX loop; no reverb but that’s not a problem as I can stick a pedal in the loop (it was the lack of both that really killed the DSL15H for me).  It’s a bit more expensive than the DSL amps but I’ve a feeling that this will be a modern classic for Marshall, and that it will be a worthy investment.

More about this amp in future posts!