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by himmelhund
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: Amp Recommendation: Fender Convert - Need help choosing a Mesa - 5:50 Express Plus, LSC, LSS, or something else? Help
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Amp Recommendation: Fender Convert - Need help choosing a Mesa - 5:50 Express Plus, LSC, LSS, or something else? Hel

Hi Darkhorse, I own two Express 5:50s, one is the plus version. They are excellent amps, IMO 50w will cover just about any gig venue and I love the ability to drop down to 5w single-ended Pentode mode.. the 25w Class A is also a great thing on the + version. I can highly recommend these amps and the...
by himmelhund
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Express Series
Topic: Express Plus 5:50 output transformer size
Replies: 2
Views: 2565

Re: Express Plus 5:50 output transformer size

I think the mesa transformers are fine at least up to the 50w range.. I replaced a perfectly good OT on my Express 5:50 with a Mercury Trafo and frankly couldn't hear a significant difference... except during the "play in" when things got pretty psychedilic... Have heard that mesa trafos "might" be ...
by himmelhund
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Express Series
Topic: Express 5:50 Plus concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 2620

Re: Express 5:50 Plus concerns

I got rid of all my combos... use nothing but heads and cabs. that eliminates a lot of issues and makes testing different speakers easier.
by himmelhund
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Express Series
Topic: 5:50+ new owner and the dreaded hisssssss again
Replies: 4
Views: 1767

Re: 5:50+ new owner and the dreaded hisssssss again

just a note about the mesa Express 5:50... in the first series, the clean setting (first channel) was noisier and the crunch setting was cleaner... mesa "corrected" that with the + Series, and the "clean" setting was cleaned up, whereas the "crunch" setting got a little more noise, where it would no...
by himmelhund
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Express Series
Topic: Who is gigging their Express 5:25+ ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2229

Re: Who is gigging their Express 5:25+ ?

Ah...another mesa user with Tone tubbies... good man.
by himmelhund
Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Express Series
Topic: Express 5:50+ vs 5:50
Replies: 3
Views: 2749

Re: Express 5:50+ vs 5:50

I got the "dark" thing under control now.. and I realized why ceramic speakers can be a good thing even at low volumes.

I am now using mixed ceramic and alnico in all my cabs and low-watt speakers all around - i get a balanced, juicy sound out of all my cabinets with excellent sustain qualities.
by himmelhund
Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Electra Dyne
Topic: Electra Dyne Transformer Size
Replies: 1
Views: 2540

Re: Electra Dyne Transformer Size

I remember mine looked pretty damn big, too. That thing weiged a ton. Never did figure out the electradyne... I wanted to try EL-34 tubes but was not impressed with the amp, sold it for what I paid for it and was glad to get rid of it. Exp 5:50 with Mercury output trafo (super amp) Exp 5:550+ also v...
by himmelhund
Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Express Series
Topic: Just got my first Mesa, a 5:25. What do I need to know?
Replies: 8
Views: 5209

Re: Just got my first Mesa, a 5:25. What do I need to know?

I have two express series amps (550 and 550+) The Class A 5w mode is where it's at. That is single-ended triode mode. This is how guitar amps are supposed to sound Now, assuming you have a good guitar, all you need to do is make sure you're playing through good speakers. Speakers make up half your s...
by himmelhund
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:29 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: Dear Mesa...
Replies: 19
Views: 5808

Re: Dear Mesa...

"There are three phrases used today that if I ever use them with any sort of sincerity, you deserve a punch in the face."

how's that again????
by himmelhund
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Express Series
Topic: 5:25 plus vs 5:50 plus
Replies: 5
Views: 2019

Re: 5:25 plus vs 5:50 plus

Only reason I would own a complex, multi-channel amp like the Mark series is to run two 6L6 in class A TRIODE mode. and for that, I would prefer a simulclass mark III - the IIc+s are ridiculously expensive. those amps with all those bells and whistles? Needlessly complex and expensive. I own two Exp...
by himmelhund
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Studio 22
Replies: 129
Views: 60488

Re: Studio 22

The VS-12 is an Eminence and IMHO sounds like crap. The studio .22 is a LOW WATT AMP. Don't pair it with high-watt speakers, you are just pushing the amp real hard to get a decent sustain. Give it good low-watt speakers (max 30 to 40 watts, 30 would probably be best) and I highly recommend Tone Tubb...
by himmelhund
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:01 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Studio 22
Replies: 129
Views: 60488

Re: Studio 22

I got rid of my eminence Black Shadow (it was a VS-12) the celestions are better. I still wouldn't use a stiff C-90 in a 22w amp. That speaker has a power capacity of 90w - it will be loafing at 22. You would have to crank the thing to get any sustain out of it. People completely underestimate how i...
by himmelhund
Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:54 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Studio 22
Replies: 129
Views: 60488

Re: Studio 22

If you need more sustain, check your speakers!!!! I can't say this enough. Mass-produced amps (including mesas) always come with ceramic speakers, and mesas in particular are relatively stiff, designed to be cranked to deafness-inducing volume levels. If you want sustain at a volume you can LISTEN t...
by himmelhund
Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:47 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Studio 22
Replies: 129
Views: 60488

Re: Studio 22

Mesa told me they didn't track individual serial numbers before the 90's - but my question to them in that case was in reference to Mark III. My Studio .22 also has the "class A" thing written on it. Class A is kind of a relative thing, though.. most people these days don't operate their amps very "...