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by kdorsey
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: Mark III NOS Tube Suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 2047

Re: Mark III NOS Tube Suggestions

If you aren’t a fan of bright/brittle, consider Mullard + RFT in V1-V3. Doesn’t have to be all sockets, but the RFTs darken things up solidly. I liked that in V3 best. The Mullard in V1 was great for making a more vintage Ch2. With an old long plate RCA in V1 and RFTs in V2 and 3, it totally rocked!...
by kdorsey
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Rigs & Tones
Topic: Has anyone ditched their cab for a FRFR and IR setup?
Replies: 5
Views: 4178

Re: Has anyone ditched their cab for a FRFR and IR setup?

No, not like that, but I’ve gone the opposite way many times...Kemper into my MkIII EQ’ed as close to FRFR as possible. It sounds pretty darned good, too.

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by kdorsey
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Tubes for a Mess Boogie Mark Series Amp
Replies: 5
Views: 2522

Re: Tubes for a Mess Boogie Mark Series Amp

Preamp or power tubes? And depending on your goals, Mesa tubes are generally a safe replacement for either. But on the preamp side, there are lots of options that can yield some cool tonal differences. Search these boards for lots of in-depth discussions on the topic.
by kdorsey
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: New tubes for Mark III
Replies: 6
Views: 3186

Re: New tubes for Mark III

For power tubes in a Simul-Class, the =C= 6L6 and EL34s were fantastic, but they're gone (it's a crap shoot for the remaining stock since so many are factory seconds). The premium isn't worth it, either, IMO. The new production Mullard and Tube Amp Doctor EL34B have been my most recent choices. Hone...
by kdorsey
Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: Mark 3 Preamp Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 4509

Re: Mark 3 Preamp Problems

Ok so my Mark 3 has been in the local music store shop for over six months now and they just can't seem to fix it and i always get the same BS excuse from them that they always get a defective replacement part from Boogie like pot or something small like that and have to order another one. Where do...
by kdorsey
Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Tubes
Topic: A Little Insight into Mesa's Thinking.
Replies: 81
Views: 90127

Re: A Little Insight into Mesa's Thinking.

Anyone have a clear update on Mesa's current tube offering? In other amps, I've had great success with the new production Mullard EL-34s and would consider them for my MkIII. Futzing around with biasing my Mark has never been something I wanted to do.
by kdorsey
Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: Guitars
Topic: PRS + Mesa... why do they work so well together?
Replies: 28
Views: 16761

Re: PRS + Mesa... why do they work so well together?

screamingdaisy wrote:PRS + Mesa... why do they work so well together?

I'm not a PRS dude and I've never actually played a PRS through a Mesa... just wondering what people's opinions are on the subject?
I just read this and snickered. :lol: That certainly changed, didn't it?
by kdorsey
Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: Guitars
Topic: PRS SE vs the real thing?
Replies: 33
Views: 25453

Re: PRS SE vs the real thing?

I love my SEs. Adore them. Simply the best value in a guitar I've found. They get gigged every week right along side my core PRSi and Les Pauls. And while they look and play so well, let's not blur the lines between the SE, core, and private stock guitars, though. The difference in playability in th...
by kdorsey
Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Mark V
Topic: General reliability of Mark V
Replies: 11
Views: 3090

Re: General reliability of Mark V

Unfortunately most people these days blame a tube issue on Mesa Corp. Totally ridiculous but that's probably 90% of all repair issues. I think the number of owners of any MB that have a real amp part failure is very rare. Nonexistent "like" button pushed. 8) Over 25 years on a different model and i...
by kdorsey
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:33 am
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: orderd a quad of G12H-75 Creambacks
Replies: 62
Views: 19232

Re: orderd a quad of G12H-75 Creambacks

Just to add my observations with some of these same speakers... Depending on the application (musical genre and how hard I was driving the cabs), the C90s took on different personalities when mixed and matched wi other speakers and cab configs. For the modern-ish trio cover stuff, I stuck with a pai...
by kdorsey
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: New Amp! Hardwood Simul-Class Purple Stripe Mark III Combo
Replies: 19
Views: 7358

Re: New Amp! Hardwood Simul-Class Purple Stripe Mark III Com

If nothing else, you should at least try the EL34s. You've got a Simul-Class amp and need to understand what makes it so unique. Especially, explore class A mode with EL34s. I'd also recommend using different cabs with different speakers because, IMO, the EV limits the potential of this amp.
by kdorsey
Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:10 am
Forum: Rigs & Tones
Topic: Post your rig - part 3
Replies: 84
Views: 44163

Re: Post your rig - part 3

Here's a blast from the past. It still looks like this, for the most part, too.
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by kdorsey
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: Vintage Amps (Before 1991)
Topic: What Mesa Boogie is this? (Chris Hayes of Huey Lewis)
Replies: 5
Views: 2623

Re: What Mesa Boogie is this? (Chris Hayes of Huey Lewis)

It's too blurry to see which model exactly - probably a MkIII - but it's in the M/B rack chassis kit. Very popular in the 90s (mine has gone between the combo, head, and rack formats so many times I've lost count). The cabs are iconic and I still gig them with a variety of speakers.
by kdorsey
Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Amps
Topic: An Amplification Epoch?
Replies: 2
Views: 2282

Re: An Amplification Epoch?

You need to try it. Specifically, with Michael Britt profiles...that's the difference. If you gig regularly and consider a wider variety of features other than exacting tone duplication, then there's much more to like. It's not for everyone but before deciding, judge for yourself through experience....
by kdorsey
Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Mark Series
Topic: Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?
Replies: 35
Views: 17968

Re: Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

The hot summer gigs were taking a toll on my MkIII and decided to park it for the regular gigs. For special events, it's still the beast of choice. 8)