Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

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Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

Post by b00g13mk2B » Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:38 am

Playing an outdoor gig tonight and will use my MKIIA. Replaced caps a few years ago, seems to still be going strong.
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Re: Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

Post by lovetoboogie » Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:37 am

I use my 77' Mark I head for everything... Pedal Steel w/1x15" cab loaded with a JBL K130, Electric Guitar w/2x12" loaded with JBL K120's... I had to sub last week for a Bass player. I brought the Mark I to the gig and ran it through a Sunn 2x15". It's really is an all-purpose amp. I almost couldn't exist without it....

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

Post by tony777 » Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:34 pm

Yes, I always gig with one of my IIC+'s, They can't be beaten. :lol:
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Post by kdorsey » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:56 pm

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

Post by b00g13mk2B » Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:15 pm

I worried about the outdoor heat a little, but recapped a few years ago. The 60 watts is a bit too much for most indoor gigs I play, so outside was great.
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Re: Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

Post by McBarry » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:10 am

My Mk IIB 60w is on an umbilical cord to any gig I do..
For more power and sl more aggresive tone the Mk III head is it.
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Re: Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

Post by Markedman » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:06 pm

I'm using my Mark IIC++ this weekend, it needs a flexing of it's muscle.
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Re: Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

Post by mark2boogie » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:18 pm

I did not used it much these times, but things are changing as my band enters into an Afro-Cuban set for this year :

My Boogie MKIIA dressed in Tolex suit with most of my guitars :

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My Boogie MKIIA dressed in Hardwood suit with my Gibson ES335-TD :

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What Ettore Bugatti said about cars "le poids, c'est l'ennemi" (the weight is the enemy) can be applied to my MKIIA, and it's only for practical / logistical reasons that I used a Fender Mustang III these times (what a pity :roll: , I agree...).

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Post by bgh » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:51 pm

mark2boogie wrote:I did not used it much these times, but things are changing as my band enters into an Afro-Cuban set for this year :

My Boogie MKIIA dressed in Tolex suit with most of my guitars :

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My Boogie MKIIA dressed in Hardwood suit with my Gibson ES335-TD :

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What Ettore Bugatti said about cars "le poids, c'est l'ennemi" (the weight is the enemy) can be applied to my MKIIA, and it's only for practical / logistical reasons that I used a Fender Mustang III these times (what a pity :roll: , I agree...).

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

Post by Civgeek » Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:01 pm

Absolutely! All gigs, rehearsals and recordings are with the trusty Mark IV. Did a full retube this year.
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Re: Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

Post by el34sg » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:55 pm

All the way with my Green stripe Mark III.
It has some special magic going on. I use a Barber 1/2 Gainer for boost & solo stuff.
The 1/2 gainer doesn't change the overall tone like a Tube Screamer.
I could use R2 and the Lead channel, but the Lead channel is the greatest sounding thing on earth.
I use my Mark III as a one channel monster..

My Mark III's changed everything for the better.. No idea how the Mark series amps aren't more loved..

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

Post by Buster Leggs » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:16 am

tony777 wrote:Yes, I always gig with one of my IIC+'s, They can't be beaten. :lol:
C+ for me , I run 2 with an amp switcher , usually an HRG and a DRG . This allows me to set one up for a rhythm sound and the other for lead. I bought my JP2C to replace this set up but sold it and gravitated back to the dual llC+ set up, just feels more like home to me. Not to take anything away from the JP, it's a fine amp in its own right .I've been experimenting with a C+ and a Heartbreaker with a switcher but I'm healing up from knee replacement surgeries so won't have a chance to try it out live until the end of the month.

Update - Heartbreaker is underrated imho . But I resorted back to the original trusty 2 C+ with the amp switcher. Nothing compares to the "3 D" tone , responsiveness of a C+ . Nothing that I've run across , I'm using an MS- 12 in an open back cab and a Thiele with an original EVM 12L on the bottom. Best sounding speakers for a.C+ . Again just my opinion.
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Re: Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

Post by MrWhoever » Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:12 pm

I have my MarkIIa for a year now, and it is not going anywhere. I carry that 100w top every week to practice and back home, still cannot stand to part with it. We played our first gig in a long time with it and it worked out great, I play guitar and synth through it. Last month i borrowed it out for a small festival and mixed 4 bands playing through it in various styles, I just love that amp! I bought 2 EV12L for it and one of them is really plenty for me.

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

Post by b00g13mk2B » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:09 pm

Next electric gig is in January. Small place but may bring out the MKIIA anyway! Have a C-lator to manage volume through the preamp out/in, may have to crank it a bit the last set. "Only" the 60W model.
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Re: Who is Still Gigging Their Vintage Mark Series Amps?

Post by goaltender46 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:53 pm

My first post here so hello to all on this great forum! I still actively gig my MARK iii and use it for band rehearsals (even though I have a Mark V) It gets used around 3 times a week at band volume and 5 times for bedroom practice. Amp has never given me issues. I am sending it to Mike B for thee III+ mod this week!!! Cant wait to hear it when I get it back.
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