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by CoG
Thu May 16, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: load attenuator upgrade?
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: load attenuator upgrade?

depends if you just want to rock out in your basement at a lower volume or if you have a DAW recording setup and you're trying to go to headphone/monitor levels. If the latter you can get very, very nice older Palmer PDI and ADIG units for a few hundred bones used since the two notes stuff because t...
by CoG
Wed May 08, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: In praise of Vintage Lo
Replies: 0
Views: 98

In praise of Vintage Lo

I've had my RA100 for almost eight years now, and it wasn't until the past few months that I realized how shamefully I had been neglecting the blue channel. I think mostly it's because on every other modern Mesa I've had, turning a Gain knob past about 1:00 is usually not a great idea. So I pretty m...
by CoG
Wed May 08, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Effects
Topic: Bought a Friedman BE-OD, made a video
Replies: 1
Views: 1589

Re: Bought a Friedman BE-OD, made a video

woooooo scary thread necro, but I know Nitrobattery is still around, so...

That was a fantastic demo video, man. Great tone examples, useful commentary, and kickass playing.
by CoG
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Mesa Tremoverb Don't Cut Through Mix
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Mesa Tremoverb Don't Cut Through Mix

I wouldn't worry too much about one show if the other ones have been fine, man - room, mix of stage volume vs. PA, if the room was small enough that stage volume mattered in the mix, amp placement on the stage becomes a thing, if it's all coming from the PA then maybe the mic placement on the amp wa...
by CoG
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: What I've learned about the Mark III
Replies: 8
Views: 1146

Re: What I've learned about the Mark III

dlpasco wrote:I finally got a Jackson Soloist and it makes a difference.
A Jackson Soloist can change your life, it did mine :lol:
by CoG
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Royal atlantic head through road king 2x12 cab.
Replies: 4
Views: 1548

Re: Royal atlantic head through road king 2x12 cab.

That's a pretty specific setup, those road king cabinets are rare - not because they're special, I think they're just not very popular. Make a new back panel for your Orange cab that's about 1/4 open, it'll take you an afternoon, save you $400, and you can test whether a part-open 2x12 is going to w...
by CoG
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: Willie Adler and the TC-100
Replies: 8
Views: 5548

Re: Willie Adler and the TC-100

Mark and Willie both use passive pickups that aren't screaming hot by modern standards and they're both fast, light players who aren't shoving gain through their pick. they need a fair bit of gain on tap but it's a lot easier to control and gives you more options if you have several places to get ga...
by CoG
Wed May 02, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Amps
Topic: Diezel VH2
Replies: 4
Views: 3253

Re: Diezel VH2

There was a guy locally who really wanted me to buy his VH4 several years ago. I went over to his jam space to try it out and spent like an hour with it. It had that crazy evil-sounding super tight low end for sure, the cleans were amazing by any standard, and everything coming out of the cab sounded great, but there was something seriously uninspiring about the amp. I couldn't put my finger on exactly what it was but I spent the whole time trying to find a sound that made me want to step back and just play guitar instead of f%&# around with the knobs some more. I'm sure it would be an amazing amp in a pro rig but I had no desire to take the thing home and play it more. UpNorthMark, sounds like you might have had kind of a similar experience with the VH2...
by CoG
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Amps
Topic: micing bass amps
Replies: 2
Views: 2140

Re: micing bass amps

best results I've had in a basement budget recording situation was recording two tracks at once, a direct signal from the preamp out on the bass amp and a beta 52 on his cab. neither track will sound good on its own but when you play around with mixing them you'll probably find a good tone. if you'r...
by CoG
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Alternate Speakers for Royal Atlantic
Replies: 9
Views: 5542

Re: Alternate Speakers for Royal Atlantic

Ha, I also went with 6CA7s on my last retube like a month ago! I am very satisfied. They do exactly what they say on the tin - expanded high and low range and more detail, at the cost of a little bit of focus. There's a sort of "grain" on the red channel with the master at noon and the gain around 1...
by CoG
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: TC50
Topic: Reverb "adds" an e.q on the channel
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

Re: Reverb "adds" an e.q on the channel

Yep. I find the reverb to be a tone-wrecker on the RA. I can dial around it if Multi-Soak is off, but otherwise it's just too much trouble. I don't find the fx loop very useful for the same reason - basically I have to sit down and dial in the amp to use either reverb or the loop. I don't mind if th...
by CoG
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Boogie Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 1
Views: 2184

Re: WTS Mesa Boogie Mark iii green stripe long head

pm'd
by CoG
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Amps
Topic: Anybody Roll Without OD Pedals?
Replies: 50
Views: 24706

Re: Anybody Roll Without OD Pedals?

I don't use OD/boosts on my Mark III green for the same reason I don't bother tube rolling in it - it just doesn't make that much of a difference, and no difference that you'll hear in a mix. Marks gonna Mark. Part of this is because my main axe is an old Yamaha SG1500, which has very bright, relati...
by CoG
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Alternate Speakers for Royal Atlantic
Replies: 9
Views: 5542

Re: Alternate Speakers for Royal Atlantic

I have 2 EVM-12s and 2 Eminence RWBs in an X in my 4x12. Works well with both my Mark III and my RA-100 heads. The RWB is a 70s Southern-flavoured speaker and is a little gritty, fuzzy, and smooths out the upper mids and highs as you get louder. The EVMs are, as always, very hi-fi, punchy and clear ...
by CoG
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Amps
Topic: Do Tubes Make that much of a Difference
Replies: 10
Views: 5165

Re: Do Tubes Make that much of a Difference

I can definitely say that EL34s are a great choice in a Roadster if you're playing at big-boy volume and on the crunchier or heavier side of things. Passive pickups with sensible output levels into a Roadster with EL34s on CH3 vintage and a little boost kick in the input jack is an awesome 'classic heavy metal' tone - nice tight, focused chug and grind and a lead sound that isn't 'stiff'. You can also get a f%&# amazing vintage lead tone on CH2 Tweed with EL34s if you're in a situation where you can play LOUD.

EL34s do (in my experience) make it a lot harder to dial in three or four channels all sounding good at combat volume, though.

My overall experience is that preamp tubes, specifically V1, make a noticeable difference in the "flavor" of Roadsters and Rectos. I haven't found anything that sounds exceptionally bad, but in general the Roadster, like pretty much any Mesa, sounds better with a loud/bright signal hitting it early, and it also makes the rest of the tone stack more effective. When we were recording, I would test preamp tubes in a Valve Jr. just to find the brightest, loudest one (even if it was just some random Chinese tube), throw that in my buddy's Roadster, and it would always mix better. That's the thing - tube rolling past V1 in modern multi-channel amps doesn't make any difference if you're going into a full band mix. You won't hear it.

I tube rolled the living sh!t out of two Mark IIIs and I can't say that I ever noticed any difference worth spending money on. Marks gonna Mark, I guess. On my RA100 I discovered that I could do soooo much subtle-but-audible stuff with judicious manipulation of the power soak and 50/100 switches that screwing around with preamp tubes just didn't make any sense as long as I put good quality EL34s in it.