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Old 11th April 2019
  #71
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Originally Posted by ponzi View Post
Back in the 70s, I bought the first solid state from marshall, the 2098. That thing had a stonking good distortion and plenty of spank to make one's ears ring. Perhaps unique among transistor amps, it had an output transformer and weighed a ton.



Personally I don't doubt that there have been some amps with good sounding distortion--my observation was more that I am puzzled that no premium brand or model of SS amp has become widely known.
They were also notably unreliable and contained transistor pairs that had to be hand matched and thermally coupled together to keep the amp from blowing up like a big firecracker.

They also didn't really sound very good and were quite unpopular.