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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:42 am 
Bottle Rocket

Joined: Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:09 pm
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Finally got a bucket list amp -- I've been gassing for one of these since I first played one a couple of years ago. They were blowing them out at Long and McQuade. I managed to get this guy in a straight up trade for my JVM410 and, so far, I don't have a single regret.

After owning the JVM for almost a year a few things became apparent -- I was only using one mode of one channel. There are 12 modes in total. Second, I was starting to get tired of the high-mid bite it had. Now I understand why some people call it brittle. There are a couple of mods you can do to tame the brightness but after playing the RA for an hour, I knew that was the tone I was looking for. It has a better clean channel too.

I love the RA's simplicity and the power soak works really well.

Recorded this with it - I thought it would be a good showcase of the amp's channels. Marshall 1960 cab with G12T-75s and an SM57 just off the dust cap.

First part > Clean
Second part > Clipped clean using the power soak
Final part > Vintage Lo, with the gain at 1 o'clock

The only effect is very light compression from a Diamond Compressor.

Here's my isolated guitar. ... monica-raw


Anyway, super psyched -- amazing amp!

PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:47 am 
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Congrats! I love my RA. It means that my Shiva gets a lot less play. Three modes is the way to go.

I find that the features of my Mark V are compelling, but I love the tone and feel of the RA. It has definitely displaced my Electradyne as well.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:18 pm 
Mark IV

Joined: Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:08 pm
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Location: Ohio
Sounds good! Contrats on the amp. I've been wanting to try one of these for quite a while now.

Mesa Boogie Mark V, Mark V25, PRS Archon, PRS Custom 50

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:11 pm 
Dual Recto

Joined: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:31 am
Posts: 2995
Location: North Carolina
The RA100 is one of my favorites.

Oh boy, if you thought EL34 were killer, if you had a set of SED6L6GC give them a try. The Mesa or Ruby 6L6 tubes seem to have a bit of a darkness to them which are better in the Rectifier amps than in the RA100. SED EL34 have to the best I have heard but the SED6L6GC are magic.

I am running mine though a matching os Recto slant 412 cab. I feared it would be boomy when compared to a traditional size cabinet, not at all.

My other favorite is the Roadster. I do not use the Mark V all that much but I still enjoy it.

Current amps: TC-100, TC-50, JP-2C, MK V, Roadster, RA100

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