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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:22 pm 
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I have a 5/90 MK III green stripe in the rose wood cabinet and wicker cane speaker cover, signed MB. I am in need of a total rebuild to replace caps and anything else that is needed to bring up to specs. Any idea what Mesa Boogie charges to do this not counting shipping in 2016?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:57 pm 
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No idea, but sure would like to see some photos of that rosewood cab. :) :) :)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:39 am 
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I definitely wouldn't call it a "rebuild" if you speak to Mesa. Just tell them that you want it checked over and a refresh. Unless you know for sure the caps are bad, they may not even be replaced. Also, assuming this is a combo, I'd just send in the chassis to cut down on shipping costs. Pack it well.

It's hard to give an estimate unless you have the amp and can assess what needs done, but it could range from the low side of a little over $100 if minimal needs done to $250+ if it needs some serious TLC.

Call Rich at Mesa to get a better estimate and an RMA # to send it in. Most of those guys are out of the office next week for the holidays, though, so keep that in mind if you have trouble reaching folks.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:56 am 
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Thanks for the thumbs up. I did send a email request for a quote and have not heard back yet. I will definitely call after Xmas and ask for Rich. From what I read on this forum getting the green stripe back in shape will be well worth the effort.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:01 am 
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By the since I am new at the forum, how do you get pictures up?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:27 am 
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The cost estimates you're seeing here are about right. I think my bill came to about $250, which included the price of two new 6L6s and correcting some shoddy work I had done attempting to replace the LDRs myself (oops). Mike was able to use the caps and LDRs I had bought, though, so there weren't any component costs in there. Mike and company are a joy to deal with; very friendly and responsive to your needs.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:03 am 
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Actually now that I think of it I'm pretty sure that price included return shipping as well, which was $40 (this was a head, not a combo).


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:11 pm 
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Thanks for the reply I will definitely contact them about sending it in for repairs after Xmas. Can't wait to get it fixed up.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:12 pm 
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My Mark III refresh last year cost somewhere in the mid 300 range including a new quad of power tubes and one new pre tube, shipped. 100% worth it.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:43 am 
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Thanks for the info. I have heard that they can do some mods to the MK III to make it more like a MK IIC+. Did you have that mod
done to your amp?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:10 am 
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I spoke to Mike about what I wanted, he was great. He did the C30 mod to tame the blue stripe harshness, and it really did. I run my presence up now. Also did the reverb mod. Here's a high gain sound clip.

https://youtu.be/5t339KHoOt4

I chose not to have him do the III+ / ++ mod. I wanted the amp to stay very forward and aggressive, as opposed to the + style "liquid lead" sound. Another guy I heard got it done though, and his really does sound great. Can't really go wrong either way.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:25 pm 
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I think I will go for the MkIII +/++ mod.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:25 pm 
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I don't think you'll be sorry. My III sounds better than it ever did before after coming back from Mesa with a clean bill of health and the + mod.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:08 pm 
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GJgo wrote:
I spoke to Mike about what I wanted, he was great. He did the C30 mod to tame the blue stripe harshness, and it really did. I run my presence up now. Also did the reverb mod. Here's a high gain sound clip.

https://youtu.be/5t339KHoOt4

I chose not to have him do the III+ / ++ mod. I wanted the amp to stay very forward and aggressive, as opposed to the + style "liquid lead" sound. Another guy I heard got it done though, and his really does sound great. Can't really go wrong either way.


I'm not trying to divert the thread, but what is the C30 mod? Sounds intriguing.

[EDIT] the forum search didn't turn up anything but google did: this thread discusses it if you're interested viewtopic.php?f=3&t=27879

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:27 am 
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The blue stripes come with no capacitor at C30. It's one of the reasons the blue stripes are the most aggressive.

The red stripes come with, IIRC a 500 pf cap there. That's from what I understand a main difference between blue & red.

Mike B. likes to mod them with a 1000 pf cap to smooth out the lead channel. He told me if I didn't like it that I could just snip it out and it'll be like it was. He also told me that he recommends leaving it in, and just turn the knobs to find the sound I'm looking for.

The clip I posted a couple posts back was the DRG amp with the 1000 pf cap in C30. If I had it to do over again I might ask him to put a 500 pf there. Or, I still may snip it out some day.

This clip is a different blue stripe DG I had that was all stock. same camera, same basic settings. Both Mesa V30s but 1x12 vs. 4x12. Notice how it is more harsh, and more aggressive. In a way I like it more for how forward it is but when you turn it up it does get a bit more harsh on the ears.

https://youtu.be/kgM6VrHnnK4

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