MK III purple stripe combo

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MK III purple stripe combo

Post by 6L6-wreck » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:38 pm

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Just got one, what can you tell me about this amp ?

Wiki sez the purple stripe MK III lead channel is very close to the MK II C+.

What say you ?

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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by dlpasco » Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:17 am

Hi there, I did a purple stripe review and a couple of videos a few years ago. It's a really sweet amp. The one I was looking at didn't have an eq and was still superb.

I'm flying at the moment, so youtube isn't coming up, but here's one demo that I did and some of the other ones I did should come up under the "Watch Next" section https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GpABco8ysM
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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by 6L6-wreck » Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:38 pm

Outstanding, thanks Dan, that was awesome !

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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by donkost » Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:06 am

These are awesome and versatile amps. I bought one new and still have it. Can go from a Fendery clean, to Marshall crunch, to metal. I have the 60W combo with no EQ and the EVM12L speaker. A few years later I bought a Thiele-ported cab with the same speaker. A real stack killer in a small package. Someone who is OCD can go crazy with the knobs and the push/pull features. lol
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'88 Gibson Les Paul Custom
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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by 6L6-wreck » Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:41 am

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Called MESA support, they assured me an 8 ohm out into a 16 ohm cab was a safe mismatch.
The MK III sounds amazing with my 1978' Marshall Blackback cab.
Got a gig today, just the combo, can't wait.

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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by donkost » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:11 pm

Yes I still have the manual and the suggested settings page from when I bought it new. I think there are scanned PDF files of these as well, probably on this site. Well it's just a few pieces of paper put together, not really a manual. It encourages ohms mismatches to see what kinds of tonal differences can be achieved. Not something you usually see in an amp manual. hehe
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'09 Marshall JCM2000 DSL100 w/MC412A cab
'88 Gibson Les Paul Custom
'98 Peavey Wolfgang Special
'08 Gretsch G5120
'08 Ibanez RG2550Z
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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by 6L6-wreck » Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:49 pm

Yep been a Marshall guy 40 years. Still have them. The MK III can hang all day long with a Marshall.
I remember during Master of Puppets era when Metallica was using MESA's. But they were very secretive about their gear back then & there were no internet spies.
Last year Metallica used all Fractal live, no tube amps at all for the consistency.
Can't say i blame them because they've used it all over the years.
Wish i could have had a IIC+ or MK III in the 80's but i wasn't lacking what i had anyway.

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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by donkost » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:36 am

The "secret" back then was a mic'd up Boogie behind the wall of Marshalls. I remember selling most of my gear by around '86 or '87. I was going to get out of the music scene, band had broken up a few years earlier, time for a more serious lifestyle. lol I had been playing guitar since '76 and as you know you just can't get it out of your system. When I saw that new Mark III combo in a music store I had to have it on the spot. Previously when I was selling gear it didn't mean much to me at the time, but I sold a big chrome old-style Morley Wah / Volume to Richie Kotzen who around that time was in a local Reading PA band called Arthur's Museum. I had it listed with other gear in a local paper and he just popped over to my parent's house to buy it. Said it was going to be for their keyboard player, which I thought was odd but at least it had a buyer. He ended up doing pretty well for himself.
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'09 Marshall JCM2000 DSL100 w/MC412A cab
'88 Gibson Les Paul Custom
'98 Peavey Wolfgang Special
'08 Gretsch G5120
'08 Ibanez RG2550Z
'09 Epiphone Zakk Wylde LP (Bullseye)
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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by dlpasco » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:25 pm

That sounds great! What did you record it with?
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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by 6L6-wreck » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:21 am

dlpasco wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:25 pm
That sounds great! What did you record it with?
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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by StolenMesaMarkStack » Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:19 pm

I had one for 4 years before foolishly selling it :( the cleans channel will out Fender a Fender :)
Great Amp !

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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by redrabit1 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:56 pm

I have a purple MK 3, 100 watt with EQ and reverb and SimulClass- I think it is the most enjoyable MESA yet. I can't think of needing more than this amp, it covers sooo much ground - especially with the EQ. I am running EL34's on the outers and running Class A is mostly my thing. As I look at it I believe it to be a purple stripe. I bought this from a big store a couple years ago after they discounted it because it '"didn't put out sound". Knowing it is a serviceable amp I bought it for half of its value and put in a new set of tubes when I brought it home. Sounds terrific. My other Boogies don't really get played now.
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Re: MK III purple stripe combo

Post by dlpasco » Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:07 pm

I recently had a chance to buy the Purple stripe head I demoed previously and sent it back to Mike B for an overhaul and the R2 mod.

The amp - a 60 watt head with no reverb or graphic eq - is almost certainly one of my favorite amps now. The settings I have it on are typical (volume way up, treble at noon, low bass, midi a little under halfway, lead volume halfway, presence pretty low) and sound fantastic on all three channels. I don't just mean useable, I mean GREAT.

I started using a parametric eq in the fx loop if I want to run scooped and I like it better than the five band eqs on my other Boogies.

I'm waiting for a new head shell to show up for my IIC+, after which I'll do a little more A/B work, but so far, I just love this machine.

Edit: I just posted these two clips to soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/dlpasco/homeworld - pretty, ambient stuff
https://soundcloud.com/dlpasco/catharsis - heavier stuff
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