Top critical review
on 11 October 2017
Bought this from Amazon seller after reading up on them. I wanted a small light amp to use without carting the main heavy amp around. Being battery as well as mains with an adapter would be a bonus. This was a decent price at £21 delivered and user ratings were pretty mixed but I saw an advert online showing Keith Richards with one so it can't be that bad, he's got all the funds going to buy anything so it must be decent. That's advertising for you sometimes you fall for the daftest things, I should have known better.
It arrived quickly opened the box and it was in unsealed cellophane bag, don't know if this is the reason for what I found i.e had it been used before I received it?..
Anyway it was certainly small and light. It's supplied with the 9V battery needed which was sealed. I went to turn the various knobs and when I went to turn the on/off/od switch the gold front cover dropped off. What rubbish quality to fall off at first attempt to turn it. I packed it back in the box and returned it to Amazon for a full refund which they did promptly. So at that time I had no idea how it sounded.
If that first attempt is the type of quality sent out then I can't recommend it at all, certainly not built to last.
Since then I tried one in a shop as curious to how it sounded. I found It's OK turned up with overdrive engaged but pretty tinny without it. It makes a sound but not very high quality. I expected better from a name like Marshall but shouldn't be that surprised by the weak sound from such a small box. What do you expect I suppose.
So if you just want any sound and something very small, light and portable it may suit you. If you want a good sound and well made I would stay clear and spend a little more like the Blackstar or if you can afford it the Roland. They were head and shoulders above the Marshall but of course a lot more expensive unless you can find a used one somewhere.
I thought small and cheap would have done the job but you do really get what you pay for sometimes I couldn't have put up with the poor sound for long with the Marshall and doubt it would have lasted anyway.
I've decided to look for a used Roland or Blackstar which I would hope to get for little more than the Marshall new price.
I can't compromise on the sound and quality that much to recommend the Marshall..