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Great Marshall for a beginner. Two channels, 3-band EQ, spring reverb, lines in and out. The clean is useable and the distortion can get really heavy, especially good for punk or hard rock. Gets really noisy if turned up near maximum, but can be heard over a drummer. Used it for several gigs in high school. Not great for big rooms, but suitable for practice spaces.