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I’m Gigging with a 1971 Marshall Major (200 watt)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by shadven, Aug 13, 2019.


  1. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    I’ve had my Marshall Major “The Pig” for about 2 months now and I love this amp! It is a very different animal than my SVT VR or V4B. It seems a lot more powerful than 200 watts... it kinda stomps all over the SVT VR. I feel a little bad because I am a hardcore Ampeg fan. The Marshall is deep, warm and it really moves some air. The headroom is off the charts. I am playing through a Marshall VBC412 cabinet and it looks pretty cool too. I found a VBC810 cabinet online and It should be here next week. It won’t be a joy to move, but I play enough big shows to justify buying it. I love this 1971 Marshall amp!
     
  2. nomaj

    nomaj

    Apr 2, 2012
    Interesting that you find that the Major has more grunt than the SVT VR - impressive! How much did you pay for it?
     
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  3. cerrem

    cerrem

    Apr 4, 2006
    San Diego
    It is rare to find...but the Majors came with 4x15 cabs..loaded with celestions ... Just a little bigger than a 4x12....
    I played a Major through one of these cabs back in the 80's and felt the notes in my chest cavity !!!! Very punchy !!!
     
  4. Biffa

    Biffa

    Apr 16, 2019
    County Durham, UK
    I love my 1975 Peavey TNT 150, it's a simple, uncomplicated, reliable trouser flapper
     
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  5. Ed Byrnes

    Ed Byrnes Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2015
    Pictures please! Need amp porn!
     
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  6. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Those amps are built like a tank.
     
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  7. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi shadven :)

    These are British Watts they are louder because they are made with steam!

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    bet it will be a joy to play! :hyper::hyper::hyper:

    greetings

    Wise(b)ass
     
  8. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    $2200
     
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  9. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    9D8EEE1C-C97E-476A-8DC0-8E739C79E5D5.
     
  10. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    That explains it!
     
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  11. nomaj

    nomaj

    Apr 2, 2012
    Seems like a fair price.
     
  12. Wow, very nice. You don't see these rigs a whole lot these days. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  13. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    Nice looking rig. How heavy is that amp?
     
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  14. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    I think it is actually a very good price. I see them listed in the 4K range quite often, I don’t know if they’re actually getting that kind of $$. Mine is in pretty good condition, relatively un-molested and it’s the bass model (Model 1978). I am having a blast playing this thing and doing a deep-dive into Marshall amp history.
     
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  15. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    Not sure exactly, heavy. Maybe 75 lb range? Lighter than my SVT VR Blueline, but not by much.
     
  16. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Brother, that looks the biz!!
     
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  17. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    Did you say earlier that you tried it on a flatback?
     
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  18. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    :eek:
     
  19. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    So jelly. I bet that thing sounds and feels magnificent.
     
  20. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    That looks great. Love the Marshall bass amps. Such honest tone.
    I have its baby brother an early 80s JCM800 superbass 100 Watts with the Marshall 115 and 210 cabinet. Screenshot_20180810-201043.
     

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