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Best Mesa head for me?
Heartbreaker head 17%  17%  [ 2 ]
Maverick head 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
F Series head (which?) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
DC Series head (which?) 8%  8%  [ 1 ]
50 Caliber or Studio head 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Tremoverb head 33%  33%  [ 4 ]
Express 5:25 head 8%  8%  [ 1 ]
Express 5:50 head 17%  17%  [ 2 ]
get a head cab for the Lonestar combo I already have 17%  17%  [ 2 ]
save up a few more bucks and get a Mark IV 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 12
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:22 am 
Mark II

Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2005 1:51 am
Posts: 54
I'm mainly a Marshall guy--have those bases covered pretty much and I'm looking to add another Mesa.

I have a Lonestar classic 1x12 that I like but I really hate combo amps (weight, unwieldy, prone to vibration damage/noise, stuck with on board speaker rather than different cab options, I'm 6'6" and hate bending over to read something that's almost on the floor). Plus, I find the dirt to be a little on the dark side and lacking clarity.

Mainly interested in a cool mid-gain low fi vibe (Stones, Black Keys, Black Crowes). Not interested in anything lacking punch or that has to sound modern. Sustain is OK, fizzy gain is not. Size/weight is not that important--I'd love a little lunchbox but I've tried both the TA-15 and the Mini Rec and to my ears they both sounded as small as their footprint. Needs to have at least "good" cleans on tap. Under $750 or so used.

I know this is the "Modern" side but I'm also looking at Calibers, Studios, Heartbreakers and Mavericks as well.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:03 pm 
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Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:57 pm
Posts: 297
I voted for the Heartbreaker and the DC series. YOu mentioned the stones, who often used Mark I's live. The Heartbreaker is supposedly a reissue of the Mark I, if memory serves. I think that the new head cab option for your Lone Star would be a good idea though. Try running the combo into a cabinet without the built in speaker running at the same time. That should give you a good idea if you would like the lone star as a head.

PS, I also voted for the Heartbreaker over at TGP

Roadster, Mark IV, Electra-Dyne, Fillmore, Traditional/ Stiletto 412
Gone: Quad MIDI Pre, TriAxis V1 & V2, Formula Pre, 2:90, 20/20, JP-2C LTD, TA-15

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