Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

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cuuhl
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Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

Post by cuuhl » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:58 am

I’ve spent hours and hours online trying to determine which will best suit my needs. I don’t have access to test live. I’m not playing out any more, but occasionally jamming with friends and home playing. I want Mesa because I want high-quality. I’m looking for a head to use with a 2x12 closed back cab with very well-worn V30s, and a Les Paul (mostly). I play a wide variety of music, but mostly classic rock, hard rock and edgy blues. I’ve owned a TC-50 combo in the past and thought it was good, but not great. Better through my 2x12 cab than the stock speaker,

From what I’ve read, here’s what I understand:
Mark V - Flagship amp, decent cleans, great vintage and modern gains, vast array of tones, hard to dial-in (which I don’t mind).
Fillmore - New to the line-up, great cleans, good vintage gain, easy to dial in, takes pedals well.

I’m thinking V:35 or Fillmore 50, but not stuck on either, Watts-wise. I’m looking for input around the variety of usable tones, overall performance and comparative differences not mentioned above. This is a GREAT forum and I appreciate your advice and suggestions!!
cuuhl

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cuuhl
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Re: Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

Post by cuuhl » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:17 pm

OK, never mind. I pulled the trigger on a Mark V:25.
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Re: Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

Post by Wayno » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:39 pm

I reckon there's a good chance you're gonna love it 8)
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Re: Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

Post by cuuhl » Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:09 pm

The odds are definitely in my favor! I’m thinking I’ll have a much broader variety of tones with a Mark.
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Re: Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

Post by bandit2013 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:02 pm

I probably would have chosen the Mark V:35 but the V:25 sounds good too. From what I have gathered by others, the EL84 based Mark amps have the tone similar to the real IIC+ amps from the 80's so that would be similar to the JP-2C as well. Hope your decision meets your expectations.

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Re: Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

Post by JD1965 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:39 am

Sounds like you already had your mind made up when you posted..coming to a conclusion 24 hours later.

Would've recommended at Mark V 90w for versatility and dispute the "decent cleans" - the Mark V cleans are as good as any combo if you dial them in.

Also, not 'hard' to dial in...just takes patience due to the vast # of options.

Enjoy the new amp!

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Re: Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

Post by cuuhl » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:01 pm

I didn’t. I actually was headed towards the Fillmore. Thanks
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Re: Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

Post by Markageddon » Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:41 am

Congratulations..! Absolute monster of an amp...!!
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Re: Need help please: Mark V or Fillmore?

Post by BMW-KTM » Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:19 pm

I too would have recommended the Mark V-35 instead of the Mark V-25.
A more usable clean channel.
(my opinion)

In any case, enjoy.
New amps are always fun.

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