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by dlpasco
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark III blue stripe vs Mark IV??
Replies: 26
Views: 2031

Re: Mark III blue stripe vs Mark IV??

Mike B. had to perform major surgery on my No Stripe Mark III DRG Wide Chassis. The first time I tried it I knew something was wrong. I could have returned it but I wanted to keep it because of the 105 transformer. So off it went to Mesa. Mike called with the bad news. Someone had tried to mod and ...
by dlpasco
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: Mark III blue stripe question
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: Mark III blue stripe question

Short answer: it sounds like it's less aggressive. Longer answer: The IIC+ mode, applied to the III, is called the III+ mod, and several people here have gotten it and said it was an improvement. It does make it somewhat less aggressive, but it's important to understand what that actually means. I'v...
by dlpasco
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Mark V
Topic: Comparing Mark IV Mode to a IIC+
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Comparing Mark IV Mode to a IIC+

I have never owned a Mark IV. Having said that, I think that you can expect Mark IV mode to sound a lot like a IIC+ that has a graphic eq and PULL DEEP engaged. Especially if you switch it ever to Triode mode. I'm not aware of how much the preamp's lead channel evolved from IIC+ to the IV. Obviously...
by dlpasco
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Mark V
Topic: The Mark V in general.
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: The Mark V in general.

I love this! Great stories, too.
by dlpasco
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Mark V
Topic: Tweed and Edge Mode Discovery
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Tweed and Edge Mode Discovery

The sample set of ten watt settings in the manual on page 7 sound good (Tweed, Edge, and Extreme modes) but Tweed and Edge really break up nicely on variac power. I came back to them after turning on full power and initially thought "where did the gain go?". Switched back to variac and they sounded ...
by dlpasco
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark III blue stripe vs Mark IV??
Replies: 26
Views: 2031

Re: Mark III blue stripe vs Mark IV??

The presence knob is a funny thing because it gives you the potential to open up the feels. Remember this vid I did a few years ago? https://youtu.be/n-rqJAUmkMI Mike told me once that the blue stripe was a nod to the 80s hair bands that were asking for more gain / hair in their tone. They took it ...
by dlpasco
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark III blue stripe vs Mark IV??
Replies: 26
Views: 2031

Re: Mark III blue stripe vs Mark IV??

The blue stripe is the brightest Mark ever made. I actually think the IIIs record pretty well but for me are way too bright for home playing. I do love their open grind though, different from IIs and IVs." Yeah, it is super bright. I think it was an attempt to get as aggressive a sound as possible ...
by dlpasco
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Love my red stripe Mesa Mark III...GAS'n for a Mark IIc+. Am I really missing a lot?
Replies: 20
Views: 1858

Re: Love my red stripe Mesa Mark III...GAS'n for a Mark IIc+. Am I really missing a lot?

For some extra money, you can get the ++ made so that you can toggle it on and off. Mike B took mine and modded it so that PULL DEEP engaged ++ mode, and then modded the Mid knob to take over PULL DEEP control. I think that doing so was a bit of an imposition for him, but I was willing to pay extra ...
by dlpasco
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Mark V
Topic: IIC+ mode tip
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: IIC+ mode tip

Signed off and played some more and oh my god, this is just fantastic. So brutal.
by dlpasco
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Mark V
Topic: IIC+ mode tip
Replies: 2
Views: 194

IIC+ mode tip

If you are struggling with IIC+ mode, make sure your cabinet is on the floor. This is covered in the manual but it's easy to miss and it makes an enormous difference in how big your amp sounds in the room. From the manual: helpful hint #19 Your MARK V will sound better and feel better to play if you...
by dlpasco
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Love my red stripe Mesa Mark III...GAS'n for a Mark IIc+. Am I really missing a lot?
Replies: 20
Views: 1858

Re: Love my red stripe Mesa Mark III...GAS'n for a Mark IIc+. Am I really missing a lot?

If you A/B these amps you will lose your mind, because they do not sound the same. Petrucci noted that even the IIC+'s had differences between them, depending on the options (power section, eq, etc), and Doug West noted in the Mark V manual that he was haunted for a long time trying to figure out wh...
by dlpasco
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: MK III purple stripe combo
Replies: 12
Views: 1264

Re: MK III purple stripe combo

That sounds great! What did you record it with?
by dlpasco
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: MK III purple stripe combo
Replies: 12
Views: 1264

Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Hi there, I did a purple stripe review and a couple of videos a few years ago. It's a really sweet amp. The one I was looking at didn't have an eq and was still superb. I'm flying at the moment, so youtube isn't coming up, but here's one demo that I did and some of the other ones I did should come u...
by dlpasco
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: Triple crown 100 vs Roadster!?
Replies: 6
Views: 2056

Re: Triple crown 100 vs Roadster!?

I feel the same about my Roadster, I’ll never part with it. But for a weekend warrior player, you can’t beat the simplicity the TC brings to a rig. The TC also does lower volume playing much better than the Roadster, which really needs to be LOUD to sound it’s best. I totally agree with this. The o...
by dlpasco
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: TC-100 vs Rectifier - Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2960

Re: TC-100 vs Rectifier - Questions

Well, if we're doing late responses here, I'm happy to throw in my two cents worth. I own a MWDR, a TC-50, and a bunch of Marks. Regarding thump: for the Mark V, you need the speaker cabinet on the floor if you are in IIC+ mode, or you need to have it in Mark IV mode with a decent amount of bass fro...