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What is my Marshall amplifier worth?

Marshall Vintage Price Guide
by Frederic Hauschild,

At Marshall, too, the variety of models has become too great over the years to be able to go into every product the company has made since 1962. Since this would definitely go beyond the scope, I will limit myself to the manufacturer's relevant model series in the following. FYI: The prices rumored in this article come from research that took place around 2012. It can be assumed that prices have risen in recent years and will continue to rise.

Marshall is famous and notorious for the uncompromising rock sound of their tube models, although there are also some transistor models and quite innovative 19 ″ products such as B. the SE 100 speaker simulation should not go unmentioned. The real value of a vintage product cannot be attributed solely to its rarity in the market; you have to take into account the demand and cult status of the object when determining the value, because not everything that is rare is necessarily a valuable, expensive collector's treasure.

Examples are the 1978 Lead 100 transistor combo or the narrow lead & bass transistor top and the complete JCM 800 Mosfet range. All rare and in the best sense old products, but hardly interesting for someone who is after classic collector's items. The term vintage is also flexible: where does vintage begin, where does vintage end? With regard to Marshall amps, you can think of it like the motor vehicle authorities. There, too, everything that is at least 30 years old is a classic car and is ennobled with the H license plate and thus exempted from annoying TÜV regulations. Translated to Marshall, this means that all amps up to around the end of the JCM-800 era 1983 can be assigned to the term vintage - from today's 2012 perspective, of course.

But that does not mean that products released afterwards cannot also have a value-adding development. But 1983 is a good cut between vintage and modern times, because since 1984 there have been many relevant, production-related changes that fundamentally affected the design of the products, such as: B. printed PC boards (machine-assembled circuit boards on which the potentiometers were also mounted), increased use of semiconductor technology, etc. pp. But here, too, there are exceptions such as e. B. the Silver Jubilee series from 1987. Another reason for the separation of vintage and modern times after 1983 is the modern JCM-900 series that followed the JCM-800, which was manufactured until 1999 and then replaced by the JCM2000 series has been.

Rule of thumb

In general, all products not listed in this guide can be assumed to have a market replacement value of approx. 50 percent of the original retail price in good original condition. For the relevant products listed here, on the one hand I assumed the currently realizable market prices, but I used the price range for devices in one hundred percent unmodified original condition as a basis! The prices determined are pure estimates and empirical values, which can be used as a direction or indication under the condition "original condition" mentioned. If important components such as output transformers, mains transformers and potentiometers have been replaced or the housing has been reupholstered, reductions of up to 50 percent may have to be taken into account!

Many of the old Marshall amplifiers have been modified. The circuit was interfered with and the amp with loop-in paths, master volume controls or other things were pimped or “upgraded”, which can often be seen in changed power cord sockets, additional potentiometers or socket and drill holes. It is important to pay attention to this when buying a vintage marshall, because changes of this kind also have a drastic effect on the value. The case is different for wearing parts such as B. the sieve electrolytic capacitors, which dry out after approx. 25 years and lead to significantly higher noise and poorer signal screening, or of course the tubes, which at some point give up the ghost after many hours of operation. The quality of the old Telefunken, Brimar or Mullards is much better than that of the Far East tubes available today. How nice that you can get the good, old, Czech "Warsaw Pact" tubes from JJ Tesla and others again today.

With spare parts like this, it's like a classic car: if you want to drive it, you have to put on fresh tires every now and then and have the brakes made again. In a few individual cases, prices that are significantly higher than those in the following list may also be relevant. For example, if the 30 or 40 year old object of desire is still in the original packaging and in new condition or if it should be a custom-made product for a prominent rock star.

But since these are the exceptions, I have not considered such cases. An interesting aspect is that the prices in Europe are much more moderate than z. B. in the USA, Australia or Japan. This has to do with the fact that Marshall comes from England and thus the products can be imported into Europe in the same currency without customs duties and other costs and are also very widespread here. I have divided my vintage price guide into the following points:

• JTM 45, tops and combos
• JMP 50 watts, tops and combos
• small 18 watt / 20 watt tops & combos
• JTM 45 100 watts, tops
• JMP 100 watts, tops
• Major 200 watts, tops
• PA product
• JMP "brushed alu", Tops & Combos from 1969 to 1981
• JCM 800 series including Silver Jubilee series, tops and boxes
• Transistor and rack equipment

JTM 45 Tops & Combos until 1966

The first lead models (model no. 1987) and bass (model no. 1986) are practically impossible to get today. In 1962 and 1963, including some prototypes, fewer than 50 amplifiers were built and delivered (see the article on the dating of Marshall amps elsewhere). Prices for this, if you can find one, can be between € 15,000 and € 25,000, maybe even higher - but that's speculation. So if you discover a JTM 45 sandwich panel with a metal badge maroon logo on a granary, you will find the holy grail and you will have a good foundation for your retirement. And also a safe investment.

1964 and 1965 models of this type are also found very rarely, now and then they are still offered and are then to have between € 8,000 and € 12,000. In addition to the lead and bass version, there is a PA and an organ version. The lead version is the most popular, followed by the bass version, and can therefore be far more expensive than the PA or organ version, which are around 25% cheaper. From 1966/67 onwards you get a JTM 45 for less than € 10,000, here you have to reckon with € 6000 - 8000. JTM-45 tremolo combos of the first “thick cabinet” generation are far rarer than the tops and are traded for € 12,000 - 15,000.

JTM 45 100 watt tops

These first 100-watt amps were only built between the end of 1965 and the beginning of 1967, which is why they are very rare and all the more in demand. If you can find one, expect a price between € 6,000 - € 8,000. This version was available as a 1959 Super Amplifier, 1992 Bass Amplifier and a Super PA version with eight inputs. The latter is offered much cheaper (€ 3500-4000).

18 & 20 watt tops & combos 1966-68

These amplifiers are among the most sought-after marshals! Original 18 watt mini bluesbreaker combos from 1966 to 1968 (Stock No. 1958, 2 × 10 ″, 18 W combo; 1973, 2 × 12 ″, 18 watt combo; 1974, 1 × 12 ″ -18 -W-Combo) bring € 8000 - 12,000, but you should be particularly careful here, because there are many counterfeits of these amps in particular!

The 20 watt tops, some of which Marshall has also reissued and which have an almost identical circuit, are much cheaper to get, starting at € 1500 - 2500. These are also available as lead, bass and PA versions. Mention should be made of the even smaller Poplar 10-watt combo (model no. 1930), which is also often offered as a mini bluesbreaker, but does not come close to its bigger brother in terms of sound, as it has a completely different circuit.

JMP series

A 50 watt Plexi-Panel-JMP-Small-Box-Top from 1967 to 1969 is available for approx. € 4000 - 6000. Here, too, the so-called bluesbreaker tremolo combos are the exception because they are very popular and rare. For the 2 × 12 "model (model no. 1962) you have to invest around € 10,000, for the 4 × 10" model (model no. 1964) around € 7,000 - 8,000.

100 watt JMP plexi tops 1967 to 1969

These amps are the most popular in the Super Lead (Model No. 1959, also called Jimi Hendrix Amp) or Super Bass versions (Model No. 1992) and cost between € 4000 and € in their original condition 6000. The super tremolo and SuperPA versions are cheaper at around € 2800 - 3500.

200 watt major

This power plant is very rare, but only appeals to a small number of players and collectors, because with its four KT-88 output tubes it is simply too loud for most areas of use. The most famous player who used this amp was Richie Blackmore from Deep Purple, but David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson also played this bolide. Here, too, there is a lead (model no. 1967), a bass (model no. 1978) and a PA version (model no. 1966). Its price is difficult to estimate, as it appears very rarely and there is hardly any demand, but I would estimate it roughly between € 2000 and € 3000 for a completely original copy. In addition to the classic PA tops, there are also various 50 and 100 watt PA amps as 4-channel versions, which are not very interesting for collectors, but e.g. B. because of the transformers and other components as a spare parts store for more valuable super lead and super bass amps.

The model no. 2009 (100 W), 2010 (50 W) and 2011 (20 W) as well as the model no. 2002 (50 watts) named. Prices for this depend even more than usual on the original condition, but they are often available for around € 1000 and even less. From July / August 1969 the famous Plexi signs of the JMP series were replaced by brushed aluminum. In terms of their circuitry, these are almost identical to their Plexi predecessors, but are much cheaper.

However, custom colors add significantly to the value; you have to reckon with 60 to 80% surcharge compared to an identical black amp. The most common custom color that Marshall used was red, followed by purple and white. In 1972 and 1973 there were also orange, 1977 to 1979 beige (fawn) Marshall amplifiers. The following listing and the prices included refer to amplifiers that are covered with the standard black Tolex.

Hand-wired first series 07/1969 A to 03/1974

100 watts
• Super Lead, model 1959: € 2200-2600
• Super Bass, 1992 model: € 2000 - 2400
• Super tremolo, model 1959T: € 1300 - 1500
• Super PA, model 1968: € 1300 - 1500 Artiste, model 2068: € 700 - 900

50 watts
• Small Box Lead, model 1987: € 2200-2400
• Small Box Bass, 1986 model: € 1,800-2,200
• Small Box Organ, model 1989: € 1,400 - 1,600
• Small Box PA, model 1985: € 1400 - 1600
• Big Box Lead, model 1987: € 1,800 - 2,200
• Big Box Bass, 1986 model: € 1,600 - 1,800
• Big Box PA, model 1985: € 1200 - 1400
• Big Box Organ, 1989: € 1200-1400
• Tremolo Combo: € 1800-2200
• Artiste Top, model 2048: € 700 - 900
• Artiste Combo, model 2040, € 700 - 900

20 watts and less
• Mini-Top Lead, model 2022;
• Bass, 2019 model; PA, model 1917; Lead & Bass, model 2061: € 1200 - 1400 each
• Combo, Lead, Model 1973; Lead & Bass, model 1974: € 1,400 - 1,600
• Poplar Combo (10 watts), model 1930: € 600 - 800
• Mercury Combo (5 watts), orange or red, hybrid technology: € 600 - 800. The Mercury was only available through mail orders from 1972 - 1975

Second JMP series: Printed PCB, old housing, 04/1974 –F - 10/1976 –H

100 watts
• Super Lead MK II, model 1959: € 1400 - 1600
• Super Bass MK II, 1992 model: € 1300 - 1500
• Super Lead Master Vol. MK II, model 2203: € 1500 - 1700
• Artiste Top, model 2068: € 600 - 800

50 watts
• Big Box Lead, model 1987, MK II: € 1300 - 1500
• Big Box Bass, model 1986, MK II: € 1200 - 1400
• Lead Master Vol MK II, model 2204: € 1400 - 1600
• Big Box Lead & Bass, model 1964, MK II: € 1500 - 1800
• Combo Lead & Bass, 2 × 12 ″, Mod. 2100, MK II: € 2200 - 2500
• Artiste Combo, model 2040, MK II: € 600 - 800
Artiste Top, model 2048, MK II: € 600 - 800

Third JMP Series: Printed PCB Enclosure Style 2, Late 1976 - 03/1981

100 watts
• Model 1959, Super Lead MK II: € 1300 - 1500
• 1992 model, Super Bass MK II: € 1200 - 1400
• Model 2203, Super Lead MK II, Master-Vol .: € 1200 - 1400
• Model 2103, Master-Vol., 2 × 12 ″ -Combo MKII: € 700 - 900
• Model 2159, Lead 2 × 12 ″ Combo MK II: € 700 - 900
• Model 2959, 1959 top with reverb and boost: € 700 - 900

50 watts
• Model 1987, Big Box Lead, MK II: € 1100 - 1300
• 1986 model, Big Box Bass, MK II: € 1000 - 1200
• Model 2204, Lead, Master-Vol., MK II: € 1100 - 1300
• Model 2104, Master-Vol., 2 × 12 "-Combo, MKII: € 800 - 1000
• Model 2187, Lead, 2 × 12 ″ Combo, MK II: € 700 - 900
• Model 2144, lead, 2 × 12 ″ combo with reverb + boost: € 700 - 900

JCM 800 series 1981-1983: Free PC board, inputs one above the other

100 watts
• Model 1959 Super Lead MK II: € 800 - 1000
• 1992 model, super bass, new circuit: € 800 - 1000
• Model 2203, MK II, Lead, Master-Vol .: € 1000 - 1200
• Model 4103, Master-Vol. 2 × 12 ″ combo: € 600 - 800

50 watts
• Model 1987, Lead, MKII: € 700 - 900
• 1986 model, bass: € 600 - 800
• Model 2204: MK II Lead, Master-Vol .: € 800 - 1000
• Model 4104, Master-Vol., 2 × 12 ″ -Combo: € 600 - 800
• Model 4010, Lead, 1 × 12 ″ - Combo: € 500 - 700

JCM 800 series: 1983-1990

The potentiometers are mounted on the circuit board (PC Board fixed). All models are 20-25% cheaper than the first JCM-800 series. Additional models:

100 watts
• Model 2210, master volume, two-channel, reverb: € 600 - 800
• Model 4211 Combo, 2 × 12 ″ version of the 2210: € 500 - 700
50 watts
• Model 2205, master volume, two-channel, reverb: € 600 - 800
• Model 4212, Combo 2 × 12 ″ version of the 2205: € 500 - 700
• Model 4210 Combo, 1 × 12 ″ version of the 2205: € 400 - 600

Silver Jubilee Series 25/50 Limited Edition 1987-1989

100 watts
• Model 2555, lead, pentode / triode switchable to 50 watts: € 1600 - 1800

50 watts
• Model 2550 Lead, pentode / triode switchable to 25 watts: € 1400 - 1600
• Model 2553 Lead, small box, pentode / triode switchable to 25 watts: € 1200 - 1400
• Model 2554, Lead 1 × 12 ″ combo version of the 2550: € 1000 - 1200
• Model 2558, Lead, 2 × 12 ″ combo version of the 2550: € 1100 - 1300

Boxing
• Model 2551 A and 2551 B, 4 × 12 ″ speakers, 280 watts: € 500 - 600 each
• Model 2556 A and 2556 B, mini stack 2 × 12 ″ boxes: € 350 - 450

Boxing

Only the most important types including some rare obscurities are listed here. Not taken into account are e.g. B. the PA columns, which were usually available in all common combinations (2 × 10 ″, 4 × 10 ″, 2 × 12 ″ and 4 × 12 ″). The PA boxes are much cheaper than the standard Marshall boxes, but only interesting because of the speaker sets. Accordingly, they are rarely offered. The 15 ″ and 18 ″ box variants are also not included in the following list, as these are rare, but still of little interest to collectors.

4 × 12 boxes
• Model 1960 A and B, built 1962 to 1965, white front cover, leather handles, Celestion G12 15 W Alnico: € 4000 - 6000
• Model 1960 A and B, built 1966 - 1967, pinstripe covering, Celestion G 12 20 W Greenbacks: € 2400 - 3200
• Large 1967 box 1960 B, very rare: € 3000 - 4000
• Model 1960 Lead / 1982 A + B, built 1968 to 1971, basket weave covering, Celestion G12M 25 W or G12H 30 W greenbacks: € 1800 - 2200
• Model 1935 Bass A + B: € 1600 - 1800
• Model 1960 A + B, built 1972 to 1975, in USA until 1978, checkerboard covering: € 1200 - 1400
• Model 1935 A + B, cream back, built 1973 to 1974, (from 1975 to 1978 Blackback Celestions): € 1100 - 1300
• Model 2032, built 1971 to 1973, high box, sloping, (larger than the 8 × 10 "model 1990), 4 × 12": € 1000 - 1200
• Model 2035 A + B, built 1970 to 1972 Lead & Organ, 4 × 12 ″ with horn: € 700 - 1000
• Model 2036, built 1972 to 1974, Lead & Organ, 4 × 12 ″ with horn: € 600 - 800
• Model 2069, built 1973 to 1977, box for Artiste Top, high, straight, 4 × 12 ″: € 600 - 800
• Model 1960 A + B, built 1976 to 1981, JMP series, black cover, 4 × 12 ″, 25 or 30 watt blackback celestions, from 1979 65 watt celestions: € 400 - 600
• JCM series, built 1981 until today - model 1935 A + B (until 1983) 260 watts: € 450 - 500
• Model 1960 A + B, 280 / 300Watt: € 300 - 400
• Model 1960TV, built from 1990 to today, high version of the sloping 1960B, G12 25 W Greenbacks, suitable for JTM 45 Reissue Amp: € 400 - 600.

2 × 12 boxes
• Model 1972, built 1964 to 1965, extension box for Bluesbreaker Combo, extremely rare € 6000
• 1972 model, built 1966/1967, extension box, as above, but upright: € 800 - 1200
• Model 2045, built 1971 to 1976, Lead & Bass & Organ Extension Box: € 600 - 800
• Model 2049, built 1973 to 1977, extension box for Artiste Top, high, straight, 2 × 12 ″: € 400 - 600 • Model 2196, built 1976 to 1980, upright, in 4 × 12 ″ housing: € 300 - 350
• Model 1936, first version (same size as 2045), built 1977 to 1981, extension box for JMP Combo, very rare, handle on top, no handle scales: € 500 - 600
• Model 1936, built from 1982 to today, extension box, deeper model with side handles: € 250 - 350
• Model 1966 A + B, Mini Stack, built 1985 to 1991, for 3210-Top: approx. € 250
• Model 1922, built from 1989 to the present day, smaller 2 × 12 ″ version of the 1936 model: € 200 - 250

4 × 10/8 × 10 boxes
• Model 1990, built 1967 to 1972, high, sloping, 8 × 10 ″, small box with the JMP-50 width: € 1200 - 1400
• Model 2034, built 1970 to 1973, like model 1990, but big box with JMP 100 width, very rare: € 1000 - 1200
• Model 2038, built 1972, 4 × 10 ″: € 600 - 800
• Model 1965, A + B, built 1984 to 1991, 4 × 10 ″: € 200 - 300

Transistor & Rack Products
• Lead & Bass Transistor Top, built 1973 to 1978, flat case: € 200 - 250
• Model 2199, JMP Master Lead 100, 1 × 12 ″ transistor combo, built 1978: € 300 - 400
• SE-100 Speaker Simulator / Power Attenuator, built 1989 to 1993, 19 ″, 2 U: € 280-350
• 9001 Tube Preamp, 1989 to 1993, 19 ″, 1 U: € 250 - 300
• MGP 9040, 1989 to 1993, 200 watt stereo power amplifier and model 9005, 500 watt stereo power amplifier: each approx. € 300 - 400
• JMP-1 MIDI Tube Preamp, built from 1992 to 2006, 19 ″, 1 U: € 350 - 550
• Power Brake, Power Attenuator, built approx. 1992 to 1994: € 250 - 300

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