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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:25 pm 
Bottle Rocket

Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:24 pm
Posts: 15
Hi Guys,

I traded another amp today for a Dual Rec Solo Head and wondered how old the thing is. How do I go about doing that?

The serial number is R-04****

It definitely needs new tubes but I just wanted more info on it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:51 pm 
Mark II

Joined: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:32 am
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Location: New Jersey, USA
Usually you would call that "dating" the amp. When I clicked on this I thought I was going to give suggestions on how to make the amp look older.

Anyway, if you look at the PCB in the amp, it should tell you what revision it is, which can help with figuring out how old it is. To do that you would need to take it apart, but usually when getting a used amp, I always pull the chassis to check everything and clean the pots.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:20 am 
Dual Recto

Joined: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:31 am
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Location: North Carolina
I thought the same thing... Ok.. here is a thread where someone will be beating a Rectifier with a chain, hammering a few nails into it and ripping the tolex here and there. Perhaps add a cigar burn on top for that classic effect.

Sorbz62, I would recommend you edit your post and remove the serial number. This way if some one knows who you are they may claim the amp as their property since you provided a serial number. Also included in the forum rules as a reminder to protect yourself.

You can call customer service at Mesa Boogie and they can provide information.

The amp may have been signed and dated on the inside chassis by the tech who inspected the unit. Sometimes it is also written on the visible area on the chassis on the tube side surface near the serial number plate. The R-xxxxx where x is the number signifies it is the xxxxx rectifier made. Number is sequential and does not have a date code format.

Current amps: TC-100, TC-50, JP-2C, MK V, Roadster, RA100

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