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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:26 am 
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Hey guys, wrote a piece about the origin and early history of Boogie amps, thought some of you might dig it...

http://voodooguitar.blogspot.com/2016/1 ... -mesa.html

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:48 am 
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Well written, congrats!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:58 pm 
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Nice! Thanks for posting this.

Does anyone know anything about the period in the 90's where Mesa transitioned from made-to-order amps based on evolving models into the company they are today selling set models with no real custom options to speak of? The transition makes sense as the custom business model probably doesn't scale very well. But seeing how long the Mark III went into the Mark IV production is really strange. Would love to understand that period and all the choices made during that time. Obviously they are doing very well now, but I tend to appreciate the older stuff more knowing each one has it's own unique character.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:08 pm 
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I believe the shift into more of a mass-produced product line was around 1993... the original Mark IVs were called the "A" models, and built more like the old hand-made amps. My DC-5 is an early model with built-in AC cord, and solid as a tank. A buddy had an early Dual recto that sounded incredible, miles above any others... it was Soundgarden Superunkown in a box, also with the AC built in. there were something like 6 revisions of the Recto circuit between 92-93, so thats a tougher one to nail down. I'm guessing that once they decided on a finished version, it went into bigger production.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:43 pm 
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Nice article. Nice, homey style. Thanks for sharing.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:21 pm 
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That was a pleasure to read! Thank you!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:54 pm 
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thanks for the kind words guys, much appreciated! i love researching & writing this kind of stuff.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:13 am 
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Awesome piece of writing. Very cool... It was nice to see you used one of my old Mark IIA's as a reference photo. I sold that one to a cat in Australia last year. As a side note...you have a simple typo in the Mark I control description... Input 1 is the cascading high-gain channel whereas Input 2 would be known as the lower gain Fender-ish, Bassman-ish channel. Very concise and enjoyable read!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:22 am 
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lovetoboogie wrote:
Awesome piece of writing. Very cool... It was nice to see you used one of my old Mark IIA's as a reference photo. I sold that one to a cat in Australia last year. As a side note...you have a simple typo in the Mark I control description... Input 1 is the cascading high-gain channel whereas Input 2 would be known as the lower gain Fender-ish, Bassman-ish channel. Very concise and enjoyable read!


Thanks for that! Just edited it. The hardwood w/wicker grill IIA?? Man, that was one of the nicest i'd found... i've seen black tolex with wicker, but this was much nicer. I reckon i'd have bought that if i saw it for sale first!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:51 am 
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Does Randall or any of the older names from Boogie ever post on here? I was hoping to get this piece fact-checked by a reliable source.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:31 pm 
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VoodooGuitar wrote:
Does Randall or any of the older names from Boogie ever post on here?

Not that I've ever seen.

Btw nice job on that web page!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:48 pm 
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Nice job. Must have been fun doing the research


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:10 pm 
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Ldthomas wrote:
Nice job. Must have been fun doing the research


It was, i really enjoy this kinda stuff. Glad you liked it!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:48 pm 
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VoodooGuitar wrote:
Does Randall or any of the older names from Boogie ever post on here? I was hoping to get this piece fact-checked by a reliable source.


I ran this by Mike B...after reading it, he said there are definitely a few things that need correcting. I'll re-visit it with him when he has time...

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:19 am 
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Nice write up. The '84 IIC+ Dagame is mine. Pretty neat seeing the pic in the history.

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