The chinese mades were super woody and no detail-made a great "house is on fire" ac/dc tone though-spot on so not totally junk. Seemed to be gainier but really it wasn't crunch and more fuzziness than gain.
The marshall VM cabs, the claszic 1960, the EVH, the handwired heritages, all sound about the same as my english made reissues. Mine have the H1777 cone and seems to get a better classic vh tone from the 5153 then most seem to get.
Completely happy with my marshall bx 1960 I stole for $400 mint on craigslist but do lack the slightly more creamier touch woodier original 69/70 cab I plugged into.
But that cab was F'd!!!!!! Wanna talk about relic'd!
Shit the checker board cloth that was supposed be gray was totally tan-smelled like a smokey roadhouse bar so thick you coulda soaked that cloth in a bucket then drank the water and died of an overdose of nicotine poisoning, grill cloth flappin all over the place and shreds of tolex danglin off it like dredlocks on Bob Marley on a Harley at 70mph.
But man.... that was the coolest lookin cab ever. Even one of the cones of the speakers was repaired by maskin tape right in front where it looked as if someone razor bladed the cloth to mic it "inside the cone" like Ed was doin this last tour. But it still sounded terrific. They had a fat $1000 on it at GC for like 6 months-later it dropped to $700 and disappeared.
My guess is those are original speakers and someone was smart and said GIMME!
I thought of droppin a fat hog on that cab but really wasn't overwhelmed in comparison to mine. I was thinkin of turnin it over tp make some $ on it but you know I woulda been pullin short hairs to make myself sell it and not collect even more space hoggin stuff.