Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

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Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by s-fresh » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:27 am

I've seen them referred to as "Big Brothers" but maybe that is just a certain model? Basically it's a wide/colosseum width chassis in a combo with a 15" speaker instead of a 12". Does anyone own one? Any hardwood 15" combos? I've searched around and found a few online. There are even a few old threads here but most of the photos have expired. I'm generally one to look for deals, but would probably pay a fair price for a hardwood 15" if anyone is looking to thin the herd. :) Short of that would just love some eye candy. They seem to be pretty rare.

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by s-fresh » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:19 pm

Keeping all the photos I find here:
https://imgur.com/a/97w7E
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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by Boogieman » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:04 pm

I have a Mk. I 1x15 with black Tolex. The serial number Dymo was missing when I bought it. Never really bothered to find out what year it was built, but the address on the silver Mesa sticker was a PO box number.

I think the "Big Brother" term refers to all 1x15 models.

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by Timco » Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:37 pm

I have a thing for the 15" combos, I have three of them!

I am the current owner of that Koa 2A that you linked to. It has since been gone over by Mesa and it is very clean and stock. It has a 15" EV.
I have another 15" 2A in black that is a killer amp, just something about it, it is a beast.
And I have a 15" 2B that has been recently modded by Mesa. I'm just starting to explore this one.

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by s-fresh » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:10 pm

Well I am jealous of both of you! I do hope to join the club when the opportunity presents itself. Any new pics?

You know who to talk to if you ever want to sell: mail@scottfrench.com :)

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by Wyzard » Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:14 pm

I have two early MkIIs, both of which are regular black, and which were used on major tours by the previous owner. Both have reverb, while one has the graphic and the other doesn't.

I think they're great, but I now have so many Mk amps that they don't get used so much.
MkII eh?

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by McBarry » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:11 pm

Wyzard.. a truly spectacular collection..!!
Congrats..!
Mk I,export,GEQ,cream
Mk IIA,exp,rev,cream
Mk IIB,exp,rev, tweed
Mk IIB,exp, rev,GEQ,simul, black
Mk III head,rev,GEQ,cream
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Kitty Hawk M1 head
Fender 75, exp, 1973,15".
Fender 6G6A Bandmaster 1962
Fender AA763 Bandmaster 1964

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by s-fresh » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:58 am

That is a crazy amount of gear, Wyzard! I am jealous, not only of the gear, but the space to store it all!

I've seen a black tolex 15" combo for sale locally recently but they are asking a lot of money. Still holding out for a hardwood big brother in the future with eBay and Reverb alerts setup in pounce mode.

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by gts » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:45 pm

Most of the 15" combos I've seen were Mk-IIA's
But as we see in this thread they were not limited to IIA's some Mk-I's and IIB's are out there as well.
I've never heard of or seen Mk-III 15" combo.

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by s-fresh » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:36 pm

This looks like a hardwood Mark III 15" combo:
http://s158.photobucket.com/user/Warchr ... 3.jpg.html

I sure would like one of those!

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by Wyzard » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:33 am

Oh my word, me too.... I have a normal hardwood MkIII (which my wife doesn't mind, because it looks like furniture) in the breakfast room.

Never underestimate the appeal of wife-friendly gear.
MkII eh?

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Post by dlpasco » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:37 am

Wyzard wrote:Oh my word, me too.... I have a normal hardwood MkIII (which my wife doesn't mind, because it looks like furniture) in the breakfast room.

Never underestimate the appeal of wife-friendly gear.
Totally. My Imbuya Mark III is in the living room for the same reason - my wife thinks it's pretty.
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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by s-fresh » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:25 pm

My first Mesa was a Imbuia Mark IV. My wife didn't mind it in the living room, but once my kids got to a certain age it didn't make any sense to leave the amps at ground level. I'm just starting to trust my five year old (not his friends), but now I've got a nine month old just learning how to get around and I don't want to come home to smashed wicker/speaker or a cab covered in marker/crayon.

There is a nice flame maple Mark IV available locally that I am so temped to pick up. It's a wide body though and I am not sure I could squeeze it into my little amp cubby.

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by s-fresh » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:24 am

The images are all missing, but here's a reference to a IIC+ 300/Coliseum 15" Combo:
https://web.archive.org/web/20120306210 ... gie15.html

How rare must that be?!

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Re: Mark I, II, III 15" Combos?

Post by gts » Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:04 pm

s-fresh wrote:The images are all missing, but here's a reference to a IIC+ 300/Coliseum 15" Combo:
https://web.archive.org/web/20120306210 ... gie15.html

How rare must that be?!
Yeah that's Ian's old website.
Totally forgot about his list of 15" combos.

I actually have his site and all files on my computer. One of these days he and/ or I will get it back up on the internet

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