A Little Insight into Mesa's Thinking.

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Re: A Little Insight into Mesa's Thinking.

Post by screamingdaisy » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:42 am

fretout wrote:The Russian IIs are rebranded EHs, right?
Ignore the hype and trust your ears. Play more, buy less = better tone.

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Re: A Little Insight into Mesa's Thinking.

Post by shimmilou » Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:07 pm

FWIW, I just confirmed that my TA-15 has Mesa branded JJ 12AX7 in all four preamp/PI positions, and Russian output tubes, and I am very pleased with the sound.

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Re: A Little Insight into Mesa's Thinking.

Post by Markedman » Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:38 am

I've found mesa pre-amp tubes are my favorite at this point, especially the spax7.
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Re: A Little Insight into Mesa's Thinking.

Post by pal » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:56 pm

PM and Ruby's FTW!
PM 12ax7hg in preamp for tight chunky gain. Nothing like it!!
PM for power in general, rich harmonic nice smooth low middle, perfect for tone/solowork.
Ruby 6L6 in power for that fast metallic chunck. Can't stop to chugg and grind on them.
Had no luck with JJ powertubes. Unstable and bassy-bouncy in a wrong way.

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Re: A Little Insight into Mesa's Thinking.

Post by kdorsey » Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:28 am

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.
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Post by dingdonk » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:19 am

Platypus wrote:I can definetly understand this from a buisness point of view but a tube failure isn't such a catastrophic thing to me as an end user who takes a solid interest in what I'm playing through. The off chance that I'll have to replace tubes is worth the 50 bucks to have better tone for the countless times they work perfectly fine.

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Re: A Little Insight into Mesa's Thinking.

Post by woodbutcher65 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:07 am

I'm a bit surprised that Mesa hasn't decided to set aside a budget for starting up a small tube production facility aimed specifically at making exact reproduction Philips ECG-Sylvania STR-415s and other selected tubes.

This isn't as crazy as it sounds. There are a few people who hand-build working, usable vacuum tubes in their GARAGES using minimal tools. It's even possible that the tooling for some of those original tubes still exists and if it can be found and refurbished, it would not be a huge endeavour to restart tube production. Yes, there are machines to be acquired and tooling to be located, purchased, or manufactured, but there are small companies making specialty tubes that were started on an individual's budget.

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