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by Whoopysnorp
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark 3 mod question
Replies: 2
Views: 1396

Re: Mark 3 mod question

A bit late here, but I got the + mod done on my purple stripe, and I'm very happy with the result. It does remove a bit of the rawness and aggression associated with the III in favor of a more harmonically rich and balanced tone. It still has plenty of gain and will do classic thrash metal no proble...
by Whoopysnorp
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark III+ Mod Still Available?
Replies: 20
Views: 8219

Re: Mark III+ Mod Still Available?

I guess it would be a good idea to point out here that a III+ still sounds like a III, just nicer. It will probably still sound different than a JP2C. The clips I've heard of that do sound closer to my Studio Pre.
by Whoopysnorp
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark III+ Mod Still Available?
Replies: 20
Views: 8219

Re: Mark III+ Mod Still Available?

It probably won't sound completely the same, but might sound just fine. Plenty of people do that. I have a Studio Pre too and it's very cool. One of my favorite pieces actually; I've had it for 11 years now. You should be able to snag one for $350-$400. It's in a similar tonal universe as the III+ b...
by Whoopysnorp
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark III+ Mod Still Available?
Replies: 20
Views: 8219

Re: Mark III+ Mod Still Available?

I think the III+ mod is a Mike B. secret. I suppose you could reverse engineer it if you really wanted to. Last year I shipped my III to Petaluma to fix some mistakes I made trying to do some work on it and to get the III+ mod while it was there, and I think the total cost including shipping there a...
by Whoopysnorp
Mon May 29, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Marshall-like rock tone clip with Mark III
Replies: 4
Views: 1804

Re: Marshall-like rock tone clip with Mark III

Ever tried sticking an overdrive pedal in front of R2? Kickass British hard rock tone.
by Whoopysnorp
Fri May 19, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: studio preamp IIC++ mod - hetfield mod??
Replies: 2
Views: 1666

Re: studio preamp IIC++ mod - hetfield mod??

Sounds like a hefty amount of salesmanship to me. The seller may indeed have a unit on which Mesa did a mod that they no longer do. What he or she definitely doesn't have is a unit with the same modification that James Hetfield had done to his IIC+, because a Studio Preamp is not the same thing as a...
by Whoopysnorp
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: studio preamp IIC+
Replies: 19
Views: 4291

Re: studio preamp IIC+

Something of that era will be approaching the age where it would benefit from a recap job, if it's not there already, so there is some potential maintenance to consider. It's the case with anything that's getting around 30 years old. I never worried about that with my 395 though, and it was a monster.
by Whoopysnorp
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: studio preamp IIC+
Replies: 19
Views: 4291

Re: studio preamp IIC+

so I did a sound test today and hooked everything up... Sound is very much ok but I noticed when I put the preamp in the splawn return fx loop jack my front panel volume controls do nothing (splawn doesn't have an overall master volume and mine is an older one so it doesn't has the fx volume pot). ...
by Whoopysnorp
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig
Replies: 14
Views: 5650

Re: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig

It's been a while since I played with the main outs, but from memory I think you're right, most of the range is in the first half of the knob.
by Whoopysnorp
Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: studio preamp IIC+
Replies: 19
Views: 4291

Re: studio preamp IIC+

Sounds like simul-class is what you're after, so that narrows the options considerably. I used to have a Simul 395, which sounded like the voice of God when paired with my Studio Preamp, but eventually I decided a Mark III head would be more convenient for me, so I went that route instead. The 395s ...
by Whoopysnorp
Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig
Replies: 14
Views: 5650

Re: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig

I forgot this was meant to be a bass rig. OK, what I would probably do is use the main outputs, leave both of them on like 5 or so (if I recall correctly they are very hot), set power amp to taste, and control overall level with the Studio Pre's master volume. I'm pretty sure at some point I've done...
by Whoopysnorp
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: studio preamp IIC+
Replies: 19
Views: 4291

Re: studio preamp IIC+

The Studio Pre sounds like what it is: an excellent, no-frills rack preamp that provides great tones at exceptional value. There is no power amp you can pair with it that will turn it into a IIC+. If there were, everybody would know about it. You should be able to get tones out of the SP and any qua...
by Whoopysnorp
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig
Replies: 14
Views: 5650

Re: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig

I should point out that I have been using the effects send of my SP in place of the main out for years. I've seen a lot of people say that. How do you connect a 2:90 so that it runs both sides off the same mono signal? This seems like a super obvious thing but there's nothing in the manual and I ca...
by Whoopysnorp
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig
Replies: 14
Views: 5650

Re: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig

I should point out that I have been using the effects send of my SP in place of the main out for years. Some people say it sounds better; I'm not sure I buy that, but for the whole time I've owned my SP (a dozen years or so) I've had intermittent problems with one or the other sides of the main outp...
by Whoopysnorp
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig
Replies: 14
Views: 5650

Re: First steps into Studio Pre + 2:90 rig

I'll take a stab at answering this... 1. Good question. Probably the most convenient thing to do would be to set-and-forget your power amp's levels somewhere louder than what you ever expect to need, then adjust the SP's master volume from there. 2. The volume controls on the Mark III and the SP do ...