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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:00 am 
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Mark V, and I told Randall Smith this fact, to his face.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:36 pm 
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For days of old - I loved my Early 90's Black face dual recto with Mesa 4x12 cab.
And my a buddies early 90's tremoverb -

Now - My Baron KT88 with that same old Mesa 4x12 recto cab.

I am digging my buddies Carol Ann right now as well.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:32 pm 
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How would you compare the EVH 2x12 vs the 4x12? I just got the 50 Watt head and trying to decide between the two.

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I recently ditched all my gear in favor of the 5150 III... Don't know what it is about it but I love it more than any other amp I've played .. I've owned 7 different Mesa heads, 4 marshall heads, and several others, and this one just does it for me... My favorite amp hands down.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:19 pm 
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My Roadster Combo actually a takes the cake! I'm sure there are better sounding amps but none that I have experienced. One of the reasons I like the Roadster so much is it continually challenges me: its unforgiving when you play poorly, but it will reward you when you play well. I barely scratched the surface of the tones available. Plus the feature list is unparalleled except by its big brother the Road King!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:05 pm 
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Clean: '59 Fender Bassman - Nothing beats it!
Nasty: Mark III

I think overall though (if I had to have just 1 amp) would be Mark IV.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:20 am 
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Best cleans:
Victoria super sonic: I was at wild west guitars just checking out the place... in awe of the amazing high end products and the guys there literally made me play everything. Who was I to say no? I had never heard of Victoria amps and wasn't really digging the cleans of the diezels or spawns so they said play this but be prepared to be haunted by its tone. Boy were they right... most lush, 3d tone I've ever heard. The clean sound was so responsive and robust that I had one of those moments where you feel your fingers guitar and amp are one. Still one of the greatest playing experiences I've ever had.

Dirty:
My old two channel TR through a mesa 4x12 traditional cab. There was just something about that amp... I still kick myself for selling it.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:23 pm 
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The best amp I ever played through was my Mesa MarkIII combo (blue stripe if that means anything). It was at it's peak after retubing and just before I sold it. I gave it a good send off. After it was gone, my Mark IV combo just did not seem up to par after that. I thought that was the greatest amp ever especially through the 412 cab that I bought with it. I retubed the Mark IV which was a huge improvement. Still something not right. Installed an EVM12LBL which was awsome but did not care much for fit (way too big, no clearance for the power tubes). Then I bought the Mark V but was not happy with that either. Revamped the 412 with all EVM's and reinstalled the C90 back into the MKIV. Now the MKIV sounded better than the MKV...... The holy grail tube was installed in the Mark V which is now the best amp I ever played through.

All that matters is being happy with what you have. There really is no best, it is just how you use it that makes a difference.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:44 pm 
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What was your holy grail tube?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:10 am 
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This is my first post, so be gentle please. :)
I own a dual recto (multiwatt) and orange rockerverb 100MKII. I have played Soldano SLO it was awesome! but Ive borrowed a Blackstar HT100 the other day and WOW! it was thick from blues, rock, heavy metal, you name it! it made me smile when I hit an open E chord, from clean, crunch and heavy! and its well priced! this is just my opinion.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:50 am 
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MKIIC

Played it in a store for about 15 minutes and bought it.

The guys there did not know how to dial it in. After 10 minutes of tweaking, I found the promised land of metal.

Clean channel is great as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:03 pm 
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screamingdaisy wrote:
What was your holy grail tube?


JAN/GE 5751 NOS from 1982.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:07 pm 
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Baron, Carol-ann, and many more names I never heard before. Interesting Web sites. I keep forgetting that Mesa Boogie is also a boutique amplifier company as well. You sparked my interests.

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 10:01 pm 
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Don't laugh... I had a Sunn Beta Lead back in the 70's and it kicked **tt! I found it interesting that several major recording artists had Fender Amp Stacks on stage and then used the Beta Lead behind the stack with a mic... 8)

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:35 am 
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For me it's the Mark IV, although I haven't had a chance to take the V out to jam. The IV is just an incredible amp! Cleans and distorted tones for both channels are great and useful!

Takes a bit to tweak but once you find the tone, you'll be rewarded!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:20 pm 
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screamingdaisy wrote:
Compression doesn't so much bother me as I like both compressed and uncompressed amps for different reasons.



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