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Dumb question but have you thought about a better speaker enclosure for the MS-2? (Or are you just looking for something with more controls.)
I made a noisy cricket. It sounds great through a 2x12
I'm thinking of building a mini amp. I'd like something that I can just grab and plug in quickly. My normal amp lives in the wardrobe as space is a problem. I have a Marshall MS2 but it's rubbish.
I get some great sounds from my wee Orange Micro Crush at low volume, has a drive switch which is useful for fuzz when it's tone is way down, or guitar volume on 1, drive on and amp volume up high,... hissy but sounds good.also its headphone out is useful
@sesh if it helps, here’s a pedal demo I did of a fuzzdog kit pedal... the amp used was a reboxed ms2 plugged into a small 6inch speaker... and was recorded very quietly whilst the kids were in bed... ok the drive is coming from the pedal but the amp only tone at the start isn’t that bad!...https://youtu.be/MwTyZNBmIIAIgnore the dodgy playing!
When I bought a JC40 on here recently from @solar he was selling a Fender Greta at the same time, so I got that on a whim, and I must admit it's had all the love so far - it sits on the table next to my usual chair and if I feel like playing a guitar I just plug it in and it sounds lovely at comfortably low noodle-along-to-the-TV volumes, even getting all soft and valvey. Highly recommended for that sort of thing, and as it's a bit of an objet d'art in its own right acceptable to leave lying around without making the room untidy. (The Roland is great, too, but a completely different use case.)
ordered a noisy cricket kit, first attempt at 'building' a pedal / amp, so it could go horribly wrong, but I've got a 10 inch Marshall cab, and also a 4 x 12, so it will be interesting. Thinking of mounting it in a small box with a decent 6 inch speaker for a portable noise solution. I almost got a Jamjar too, but that might have to wait --looks like fun.I'll keep you posted.cheersandy k
Blackstar Fly is a big improvement on something like an MS2. Guitar Magazine were giving them away with subscriptions at the Guitar Show in Birmingham last year so someone may have one surplus to requirements.