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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:51 am 
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You would have to custom order a head shell from Mesa as the standard head shell will not work due to the combo being inverted and everything will be upside down in the printing and once you get used to the combo. I get confused when playing the RA100 combo and then the head as they are mirror images of one another. What is even worse, the manual was biased to the combo (for the sample settings that is). that is typical with most tube amps that offer both head and combo format (except for Mark, Lonestar and Express series).

At least it has wheels to move it around. the head by itself tends to get heavier the longer distance you have to carry it. Sure use a load cart with air filled tires would be the best bet for any gigging musician if you are your own roadie. At least it is a package deal and one item to move vs leaving half your gear in a vehicle while you set up. Be thankful you are not a drummer........ I had moved my 8 shell drum set in the studio and it took a while to set it up in a different location so that I was happy with it. I went the heavy duty route with the hardware. Huge and cumbersome set with a single kick drum.

Odd that my bass gear is much lighter despite its size (thank you neodymium drivers and solid state amp). Was considering a Mesa rig but a bit out of budget at the moment.

If I were to gig, it would be with the guitar and not the other instruments, most likely would be the TC-50 or the JP-2C and the Vertical 212. the combos and half stacks would stay home unless I need the roadster then it would be the half stack (ouch) and barely any room left for my guitar(s). I think the Roadster combo weighs as much as the OS Recto 412 cab (both are in the 110 lb category, may need a more accurate weight on the cab as it has EVs in it ).

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:54 pm 
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bandit2013 wrote:
You would have to custom order a head shell from Mesa as the standard head shell will not work due to the combo being inverted and everything will be upside down in the printing and once you get used to the combo. I get confused when playing the RA100 combo and then the head as they are mirror images of one another. What is even worse, the manual was biased to the combo (for the sample settings that is). that is typical with most tube amps that offer both head and combo format (except for Mark, Lonestar and Express series).

At least it has wheels to move it around. the head by itself tends to get heavier the longer distance you have to carry it. Sure use a load cart with air filled tires would be the best bet for any gigging musician if you are your own roadie. At least it is a package deal and one item to move vs leaving half your gear in a vehicle while you set up. Be thankful you are not a drummer........ I had moved my 8 shell drum set in the studio and it took a while to set it up in a different location so that I was happy with it. I went the heavy duty route with the hardware. Huge and cumbersome set with a single kick drum.

Odd that my bass gear is much lighter despite its size (thank you neodymium drivers and solid state amp). Was considering a Mesa rig but a bit out of budget at the moment.

If I were to gig, it would be with the guitar and not the other instruments, most likely would be the TC-50 or the JP-2C and the Vertical 212. the combos and half stacks would stay home unless I need the roadster then it would be the half stack (ouch) and barely any room left for my guitar(s). I think the Roadster combo weighs as much as the OS Recto 412 cab (both are in the 110 lb category, may need a more accurate weight on the cab as it has EVs in it ).


After reading this info above, it might be better just to leave it like it is.

Make the best use of it in it's combo form and utilize the 4 different channels in my home studio.

The 4 channels offer the most variety of any of the amps I own.

Just need to be thankful I have an amp like this.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:51 pm 
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I would also say leave it as is, or sell it as is, and get something more travel friendly. Even as just a head that thing is a beast. The head weighs more than a lot of combos.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:43 pm 
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Mark II

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tbonesullivan wrote:
I would also say leave it as is, or sell it as is, and get something more travel friendly. Even as just a head that thing is a beast. The head weighs more than a lot of combos.


Sometimes weight can be the reason an amp stays or goes, no matter how good it sounds.

I'm going to have to see if I REALLY need to hold on to this beast.

I probably could sell it and get a nice guitar with the proceeds.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:24 pm 
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Wow :shock:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:34 am 
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WOW :shock: That is a deal for the ages! Congrats man! I have the head and paid a grand more than you did and was happy with that.

I love this amp and I think you will too.

Have fun


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:18 pm 
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caustic69 wrote:
WOW :shock: That is a deal for the ages! Congrats man! I have the head and paid a grand more than you did and was happy with that.

I love this amp and I think you will too.

Have fun


Thanks Caustic69.

I've really been working with all the channels to try out of a lot of different tones.

It really is an amazing amp with so many tonal options.

It might never leave my home studio, but it will get used a lot for home recordings.

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