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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 2:05 pm 
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Hello everyone, first post here, I could not resist to share how amazed I am with my TC-50.
First I got to say that I have been reading a lot of your comments before and after I bought mine (around a month ago) and thank you all for sharing your thoughts on it.
OK so I decided to treat myself with a brand new Mesa a few months ago and first got a RectoVerb25 head with a 1X12 Thiele cab. Awesome tones and fantastic high gain. Not so much on the versatility of it, especially when it comes to play it at low volumes. Ya, no band for now so pure house rockin' unfortunately.

Anyway, after a little while (and after reading many great comments about it here and elsewhere) I thought I'd give a try to the TC-50. I started with the combo and fell off my chair to say the least. WOW. Took me one visit to my favourite store to bring the RectoVerb back and order a TC-50. If I had more funds I would have kept it but oh well, you got to make choices sometimes!
I thought I would be better off with head and cab so I ordered it with the 1X12 widebody to later realize that it was completely different than the combo in terms of tones. IMHO the combo can be way more VOXish on channel 1... am I off here?
Yes call me dumb, I did not realize the combo came with a Vintage 30 and the cab with the C90. I knew open back vs. closed back would be different but not that much. Regrets? Nope, not at all and if I want to make any changes one day I will simply add an open back cab with a V30 in it (Lone Star 23 for example). One on top or beside each other, just pure fun to play with.

Now the amp. So if you read this and hesitate to buy one, let me say this: get one asap, you will not regret! Seriously. If you really consider getting one it's because you heard it, tried it and maybe read stuff, saw videos, etc.
Basically everything you read is true: versatile, easy to use, awesome 3 channels -all independently fantastic- and nothing really comes close to it... this is some mix between Marshall, Vox, Fender and obviously, Mesa greatness. Yes it can have that British feel but make no mistake, it does not mean it's only that. In a few words, there is not much you won't be able to play with the TC50. Not just a Jack of all Trades, no, it does not do all half way... it does all of them very well. Oh and yes, as stated by some folks here, it does get better with time (some said it "blossoms" yes it does).
For now, my settings are all at "normal" (not tight or drive), channels 2 and 3 are at 1 o'clock for gain and it's plenty. The clean channel gain is turned all the way up. This will most likely change with time, it just seems to work great with both guitars I use (Ibanez Roadstar II series with single coils + 1 Seymour Duncan humbucker and a Gibson ES-137 Custom).

I owned a DC-10 head with a 4X12 Marshall TV re-issue (Greenbacks), played with different gears and set-ups, I AM IN NO WAY Mr. KnowItAll and far from it, but I can certainly appreciate great sounding. This is it for me. Buying was painful on the wallet at first but it really makes more and more sense now. What is cool is that I have not tried the 6V6 yet or the FX-Loop, just factory and I can't stop thinking about it!!! This amp makes me play more guitar than I ever did.
If you look for another convincing argument to buy and your only hesitation is budget related, here it is: just like anything else, you get what you pay for. If you cheap out and buy an amp for its price tag, it will either suck or will cost you more on the long run. The TC50 looks so well built, it will most likely outlive any of us here. Buy it, take great care of it and if you ever have to sell it, you will be able to get most of your money back.

Take care everyone that's it for me

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 5:53 am 
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Good post. Enjoy the amp. Don't forget to explore the clean channel for what it is worth, drive mode with the gain maxed out, raise the treble just a bit and drop the bass. So far I cannot duplicate that tone with my other amps except the TC-100. The Royal Atlantic does get close but not quite.

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 9:35 am 
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Yes, with the stock tubes this amp is awesome. Do yourself the favor of at least trying the 6V6 tubes. It's definitely worth the cost of the tubes and then some.

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 10:08 pm 
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Ya I got a pair of 6V6 ready but just didn't get to try them yet. Outside of cutting the power in half, how would you compare the sound with the EL34?
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 6:16 am 
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The stock Mesa EL34 seem to be the ideal tube for the TC-50 and TC-100. Mesa did a good job at making use of those tubes with the TC series. On the flip side, the 6V6 has its own characteristics. Yes, it does cut power to half but sounds really good. The aggressiveness is still there but has a bit more bottom to the tone and retains the mids and treble of the EL34. I much prefer the 6V6 over the 6L6 as those tend to flatten the tone. 6V6 is more like a rich 6CA7 ( a true 6CA7, the type with beam forming plates vs screens) surely not the same as a 6CA7 but has some similar characteristics. Also the 6V6 leans more on the vintage side a bit with a modern twist. I fail to put into words how I feel about the 6V6. Still they are awesome in the TC-50, probably much better for recording purposes. It has been a while since I ran the 6V6 tubes in the TC-50, now I have to go back to those and enjoy it all over again. I should get another pair so I can use them in the TC-100.

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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 10:28 am 
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I would love to hear your take on 6V6s in the TC100. The extra girth from the 100 combined with the mojo of the 6V6 tubes is so tempting...but I seriously do not need another amp.

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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 5:42 pm 
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I will definitely try them out... they look at me and call my name!
But honestly, how can it get better??? I know it will be awesome, just trying to get use to my current settings. Each time I turn this thing on I just can't believe how f***ing nice it sounds!!!! I could strike the same note or same chord every 10sec and sit in front of it all day. I'm not kidding.
I will of course give it a go with the 6V6 soon, just not ready to pull the EL34s yet with no rationale. I hope I'll get to try this with a band at high volume soon too. For now the masters are around 1 or 2 o'clock and the output at 9 o'clock...

Just want to add, if there is anyone that works at Mesa that reads this, bravo and thank you for the TC serie, seriously.

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 8:11 am 
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The 6V6 will definitely reduce the volume, but the experience is worth it. I should get another set of 6V6 as I am curious how the TC-100 would sound. At least it would be on par with the TC-50.

Note that the 50W setting on the TC-100 with the same settings as on the TC-50 is not as loud as the TC-50. Perhaps that is one reason why I still have the Royal Atlantic rig. I think the TC-100 would have been a better amp if they did the 100W/50W power switch and kept with the dB settings vs Watt settings which is how the RA100 is set up. I would say the RA is similar to the TC but with some differences. TC series is much tighter on the bass response. Also the independent channels is a huge plus on the TC as is the midi control features.

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:36 am 
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I love my TC-50. With either EL-34's or 6V6's. Currently running the 6V6's.

I managed to get a really killer deal on mine...it was a demo marked way down, plus I managed to get an ebay coupon on top of that. Stole it at $1360. Worth every penny, and totally mint - not a mark on it and performs flawlessly.

I'd probably do the TC-100 if I were buying now. I like the power knock down options plus the extra clean headroom...at least that's what I've found with my Mark V.


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