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by silentbob
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Original Mesa Rectifier Manual
Replies: 0
Views: 62

Original Mesa Rectifier Manual

Doing some cleaning and I found my original "Rectifier Manual". Three pages of copy on two sheets of paper stapled together and the first line is: "The rectifier doesn't really need an owner's manual".

How the times have changed
by silentbob
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Heartbreaker
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Heartbreaker

I got lucky when I had an issue with my Road King, there is a fantastic guy a couple hours away. I can't call him a tech, he taught electrical engineering for Penn State and has had an interest in amps for years. Mesa's support guys turned me on to him when I called them. Give them a call and maybe ...
by silentbob
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Tubes
Topic: Unbelievable tube score
Replies: 0
Views: 305

Unbelievable tube score

Took a road trip to the Martin Guitar factory today and randomly stopped into every guitar shop I could find. On my way out I glance into the display case and see two pair of NOS Mesa STR 420 tubes. Popped them into my Road King tonight and I'm in heaven. I can't believe I managed to find another qu...
by silentbob
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Roadster power tube options
Replies: 5
Views: 642

Re: Roadster power tube options

I loved the old STR-420 6L6s. The Svetlana 6L6s aren't bad and the JJ E34Ls are my favorite EL34 that I've tried.
by silentbob
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Road King 2 - channels
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: Road King 2 - channels

Try running channel 3 in RAW mode and you will get more highs, but less gain. With all of the extra highs (presence) in channel 4 to compensate for usually being used for the MODERN mode, perhaps you should look at that channel for the brighter tones and use channel 3 for thicker lead tones. I've be...
by silentbob
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Road King 2 - channels
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: Road King 2 - channels

I almost never use my Brit setting because I love the Tweed on channel one, can't help you much on that one. Channel three and four aren't nearly as aggressive in the high end as the multiwatt rectos, it's much more useful for me. It sounds more like the older Dual that I had. Road King is less meta...
by silentbob
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: Will Mesa build...?
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: Will Mesa build...?

If it's just a matter of the baffle, you could probably mod a 2x12.
by silentbob
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Quiescent noise barely heard in headphones, with speaker is pronounced
Replies: 7
Views: 929

Re: Quiescent noise barely heard in headphones, with speaker is pronounced

The tech had my amp for a few weeks and had it back together before I picked it up. I haven't taken it apart since then to look for changes.
by silentbob
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Quiescent noise barely heard in headphones, with speaker is pronounced
Replies: 7
Views: 929

Re: Quiescent noise barely heard in headphones, with speaker is pronounced

I had a similar issue with my Road King and was fortunate that there is a good tech (electrical engineering professor) within reasonable driving distance. He replaced some of cheap carbon film resistors with higher quality components and it has worked like a champ since then.
by silentbob
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Mesa Tubes Bias help
Replies: 2
Views: 640

Re: Mesa Tubes Bias help

Without knowing what mod was done, there is no way anyone can really tell you much. I would take it to a decent tech and have them look it over.
by silentbob
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: The most British sounding of them all - Which Mesa?
Replies: 18
Views: 2417

Re: The most British sounding of them all - Which Mesa?

I would go with a Stiletto. The guy isn't a great player, but he gets pretty close to all of those tones in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLkA78GQ3hI This guy showcases the distorted tones a lot better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoHZw5Gd_EY If I needed those types of tones more of...
by silentbob
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Replacing Power Tubes in a solo 150w head
Replies: 10
Views: 1534

Re: Replacing Power Tubes in a solo 150w head

As long as they are replaced in pairs (2,4,6) you shouldn't have any issues. If you buy Mesa tubes in the same color code, you don't even really have to worry about keeping them paired. I have never tried mixing color codes on Mesa amps, but even their most extreme mismatch is still closer than the...
by silentbob
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Replacing Power Tubes in a solo 150w head
Replies: 10
Views: 1534

Re: Replacing Power Tubes in a solo 150w head

As long as they are replaced in pairs (2,4,6) you shouldn't have any issues. If you buy Mesa tubes in the same color code, you don't even really have to worry about keeping them paired. I have never tried mixing color codes on Mesa amps, but even their most extreme mismatch is still closer than the ...
by silentbob
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Pre-Amp / Power amp Tube Set for Dual Rectifier
Replies: 6
Views: 1516

Re: Pre-Amp / Power amp Tube Set for Dual Rectifier

Sorry, I was on vacation.

The EH sounds thicker and has more low end. The Tung Sol has more top end and is smoother. I play a lot of 90s rock and no metal, so the EH fits my needs a lot better.