Which Mesa to Get

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Which Mesa to Get

Post by asimmd » Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:17 am

I have wanted a Mesa Boogie amp for as long as i can remember and now i have retired i can afford one.

My question is,i play mainly instrumentals,home use only,Hank Marvin stuff,and i would like to know which model
would be best suited for this.

I did consider the new Mark 5/25.but it seems a bit OTT just for clean sounds.

Recommendations appreciated.

Thanks

Alan

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Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by TimeSignature » Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:57 am

Check out the Lonestar Special. That might work. Also, the cleans on the Rectoverb 25 watt are really good. I'd go with that over the Mark.
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Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by FlamencoD » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:20 am

The Express 5:50+ has the best clean channel I've ever heard, I have the head and play it through an Avatar 2x12 cab with a Celestion Vintage 30 and Celestion G12H30. And it goes down to 5 watts. Plus, tons of headroom if you want really clean tones with the 50 watt setting. Very versatile amp. Might want to give it serious consideration.

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Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by Ryann » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:40 am

I'd second the Rectoverb 25 suggestion so long as you don't plan to play loud. Any Boogie using the DynaWatt EL84 power section will not have a lot of clean headroom at higher volumes. The F series amps also have great clean channels and can be found for much less than any new Mesa on CL.

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Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by Len Rabinowitz » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:33 am

Might want to try the Electra-Dyne if you can find one. A discontinued model, but it was designed as a kind of higher powered vintage style amp.
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Re: Which Mesa to Get

Post by asimmd » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:10 am

Thanks for the replies everyone.

I plan to DI this through my Attenuator and use Redwirez Impulse Response in place of
a real speaker.

I can't use it to record mic'd up at home because of the neighbours of the neighbours.

I have seem some used Studio Rack Mesa's but i don't know anything about them.

Alan

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