I'm a sucker for nostalgia, and I really miss my JCM900 stack, but honestly would never be able to use it now because it was just so loud. Well, the 6505mh running into a 412 was too loud too, so I've been looking to get some 110 or 112 cabs to have a mini stack for the Peavey to sit on. Came across a deal on this and my awesome wife was kind enough to buy it for me for my birthday.
Honestly, I wasn't expecting much at all from the Marshall MG15 head and had planned to sell it, then use that money to swap the speakers in the cabs. But, I hooked it up when I got it home, spent a few minutes dialing in a tone and just love this little thing. Not only does it take up far less space than the 412 did, but it can get almost just as loud if I want it to, w/o having such a high volume floor to start with. I haven't been able to run the 6505 through both cabs yet as I need to get a splitter today, but the Marshall sounds pretty darn good all on it's own which makes me pretty excited for the Peavey. I'll probably end up getting an OD pedal to go with it and keeping the MG15 just to have for quick/easy fun - or something I can take out in the living room and jam with my wife (where her Blackstar ID20 sits).
It definitely seems to me that Blackstar's initial solid state offerings were basically the same as this MG tech (Blackstar's ISF and Marshall's "Contour Shaping" seem to do the same thing), anyone know the story on that? And, is the MG supposed to be a solid state sim of the JCM series or the Lead series or is it just stand alone?