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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:24 am 
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Finally parted company with my MKIII (blue stripe), tried various mods but the overdrive was always too aggressive for me.

What I'm after is basically a Studio.22 but louder (with more clean headroom as well).

Do any of the Mark amps fit the bill?

Thanks in advance,

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:42 pm 
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Hey,

If the MK III had too much gain, and too aggressive maybe look into a mark IIB...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:51 pm 
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Wolfchild,

Did you ever get the chance to experiment with different tubes in your Mark III? I've found pretty drastic changes using varation of 12ax7s and el34/6l6 mix. Alot of the aggressiveness can be tamed down with different tubes. Coincidenitally I owned a Studio 22+ in the early 90's, but sold it because I thought it wasn't aggressive enough ( or lackin' balls). Great for leads, though!

What kind of style(s) are you playing?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:29 pm 
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the IIC and later are real gain monsters, but even these can be smooth sounding w/the right conf/mods/tubes.

The black-strip/no-stripe Mark III's are not as harsh as the later models, imho.




Wolfchild wrote:
Finally parted company with my MKIII (blue stripe), tried various mods but the overdrive was always too aggressive for me.

What I'm after is basically a Studio.22 but louder (with more clean headroom as well).

Do any of the Mark amps fit the bill?

Thanks in advance,

W.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:11 pm 
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DC-3 Nails the Studio 22 sound and has twice he wattage plus two separate pre-amps.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:42 pm 
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One small note on the MKIII -

I have a blue strip and have tamed the beast with different tubes; I also DO NOT pull the treble shift which does affect , somehow, the lead gain. The manual says its a mid-boost but I'd swear the gain increases. I leave this pushed in when I am doing a Larry Carlton-type tune and the lead gain is never above 3.5. I do agree with the other posy - I use 6L6's and EL34's as well. ( some nice old STR416's)
I see a lot of posts of settings here where guys are pushing the lead gain to 8 and I'll bet that treble knob is pulled. Maybe if you're trying to do a Petrucci-esq tone but man....8?

I have yet to find an amp as versatile but I haven't played a MKIV - that may be the next tool in the shed if I really jones for some more R2 control.
But I ramble......ramble on, ramble on!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:52 pm 
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Get a .50Cal+.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:45 am 
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you can always slave the Studio 22 through a bigger (preferably tube) power amp. The line out is ideal for that. I've done it for years.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:00 am 
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Wolfchild wrote:
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What I'm after is basically a Studio.22 but louder (with more clean headroom as well).


W.


The .50Cal+ is basically the same amp as the .22, but 50 watts....

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:44 pm 
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+1 on the .50cal +

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:12 pm 
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An extension extension speaker works for more sound.

I'm semi, modified, sort of, a little bit, maybe excited about this:
http://mesaboogie.com/Product_Info/Transatlantic/transatlantic-TA-30.html

It bugs me that they won't tell you anywhere what it weighs - like it doesn't matter. Hey! if your getting out of your car and you have to haul one of these POS's a hundred yards, then down or up a flight of stairs - it matters! Schmucks. (Gee - how do you really feel about it.)


So if I audition one and if I like it I'll buy it - or I'll wait a decade and buy a used one that has been on a "world tour of the basement" for ten years - or not. Because just like anybody reading this I've already got a bunch of stuff. That doesn't matter, of course, because like everybody reading this, I want more stuff.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:00 am 
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Rivera M-60, no longer produced, but has the second best lead voice in the world after the Studio .22, also the Studio preamp has a more refined version of that Studio .22 lead voice with less noise, great coupled with a 20/20 power amp.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:00 pm 
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You can get an Caliber .50+ is the same as .22+ or slave the studio caliber .22+ with a Mesa Boogie power amp and a TC electronic G-major 2 and you would be in heaven, but to be honrst if you look for a more sweet classic mesa sound look for a Mesa Boogie Studio preamp and a 50/50 Power amp and you would love it!!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:29 am 
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a mark1 reissue or heartbreaker might help mine has lots of excellant clean and crunch :D

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