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 Post subject: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:06 am 
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So I found an amp for sale in my local area. The amp has visual clues of being a C+ and also passes the loop test. The strange thing is that it does not seem to have a serial number. The owner claims to have called Mesa and they seem to believe it was a test amp and are unsure as to how it left the factory with no serial number. Have we every heard of anything like this happening?

I am not considering a purchase since there doesn't seem to be a serial number but I am curious on thoughts here. Could this be some sort of counterfeit?

https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/msg/d ... 47501.html

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 Post subject: Re: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:50 pm 
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When I talked to this guy a while back he said the original owner's dad worked at the factory or something like that? I don't think these things are worth enough to go through all the effort of faking. If you were going to fake why not go whole hog and do DRG for another $1k more?

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 Post subject: Re: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:54 am 
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I'm actually considering that same amp but, I feel hesitant as well.

What transformer is that? Is it a 2C+ and why does it have a Blue LED? <--- Stuff I'd like to know

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 Post subject: Re: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:32 am 
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Alright, I am remembering a little more about this amp now. I think it was originally listed in Santa Rosa, CA and was being sold as a Mark III. It clearly had a IIC face plate and no serial. I chose to pass at that point, and it was local and only $1,600.

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Mesa Boogie Mark III w/ Anvil Case, Pedals are EQ Reverb/ Lead - Rhyth - $1600 (santa rosa) hide this posting
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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Mesa Boogie
model name / number: Mark III
size / dimensions: 24 x 48
Mesa Boogie Mark III

Includes Anvil Case

Includes 3 pedals: EQ Reverb/ Lead - Rhythm/Rhythm2

When I asked why it was being sold as a Mark III even though it looks like a Mark IIC the seller said:
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For this amp the middle control, is actually a pull pot.

It feels like this was some kind of custom thing, or a frankenstein kind of amp. The seller didn't have a ton of details, or at least I didn't get them out of him.

Photos from the original eBay and Craigslist postings: https://imgur.com/a/xmrAu

Looks and sounds like it could be the same one, eh?

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 Post subject: Re: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:17 pm 
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Would be very interesting to see a gut shot.

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 Post subject: Re: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:05 am 
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That is very interesting S-fresh. I am pretty certain you are everywhere. You seem to know a little about everything....or a lot! Thank you for sharing.

I offered him my V and he seemed interested at first and then declined. I was very sad. I would have loved to have had that.

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 Post subject: Re: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:37 am 
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Could be a prototype?It has the power tube sockets mounted directly to the chassis and not soldered into the PCB like a mark IIC(non coli)but it has the mark II style preamp board but can also see that it has at least 2 of the 30uf caps on the preamp board.The mark III also had the 3 30uf caps on the PCB board unlike the II's which it had them on a separate board for the power supply.
I think this could be a mark III prototype of some sort.Would definitely like to see some gut shots.


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 Post subject: Re: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:05 pm 
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Wow S-Fresh, that definitely seems like it could be the same one. It's interesting, I've never run across an animal like this one. I definitely feel like it could be some sort of prototype that wasn't meant to leave the factory.

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 Post subject: Re: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:07 pm 
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Looks like it's on Reverb now.


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 Post subject: Re: Weird Mark IIC+?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:22 pm 
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Looks like someone bought it.


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