That MK III really sounds good. I'm impressed. It's tight sounding. I don't know why it didn't catch on. Marshall through the years have come out with some really good circuits. Is this also known as the 2501? Clipping diodes don't bother me as long as the amp sounds good.
As soon as he said the Duncan Alt 8 pickup in his guitar was a scooped sounding bright pickup, I knew this was going to be a an eye roller. The Alt 8 is super thick with midrange and warm (but clear) on the top end- that's what Alnico 8 mags are all about.
So I went and listened to his demo of the Vintage Modern to give him the benefit of the doubt. He dials in his amps like a frustrated bass player- his tones will never cut in a mix- it's dark, mud in the midrange, and super bassy.
I actually appreciate the initial discussion on how the MKIII differs from the SLX (as I've never messed with an SLX and know little about it). He does indicate it's an "in depth" review-so I can cut him slack there. I just think his ears are whack. The clips don't sound horrible through a phone/laptop speaker, but once I donned my studio cans- yikes. These amps (both 900s and the VM) are not really getting a fair shake because of that.
Based on these clips the SLX and the VM sound like garbage, and the MKIII is only slightly better... and I know from personal experience that is not the case when it comes to the MKIII and VM