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Mesa Boogie a short history.

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  1. ricksdisconnected

    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    BftGibson Well-Known Member

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    2 made my keeper finals

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    fitz288 Well-Known Yinzer Silver Supporting Member

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    Cool vid. Thanks for posting.
     
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    TXOldRedRocker Elucidation Sufferer Gold Supporting Member

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    Excellent vid. I too subscribe to Five Watt.

    I have one Boogie, and I'm buying a second one before the end of this week.

    Marshall is still my favorite, but I like Mesa a lot.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Just picked up a little Mark V 35 combo. Also have a big Mark 5 head enroute, I hope today. Wanted a smaller amp to use in place of using the Marshall 6101 so much, I hate to haul around that anniversary all the time.
    What a great light little rocker amp! Looking forward to trying the Mark V head.
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    why buy 2?
     
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    I enjoy mine.

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    Favorite is definitely the Mark V. Will be selling it to buy a head.
     
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    I will be interested to hear your findings regarding similarities and differences between the two (outside of the obvious volume), especially since the 35 uses EL84's vs the 90 using 6l6 or EL34's. If I could find a reasonably priced V:35; I would probably do it.
     
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    I’m still looking for a 2C+, I even asked Nik about them. He does not like to install 5 band eq’s.
     
  10. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    35 is a very compact grab n go combo. Mark V is a head.
    Why have more than 1 guitar? :lol:
    I may opt for the TC100 head instead of the Mark V.,
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I find the EQ very sensitive on the Mark 5, I get a vaguely half cocked wah sound sorta. Better with creamback speaker but it seems I need the EQ on ch 2 and 3 all the time.
    I may find the TC100 less picky about channel EQs plus I don't need extreme versatility. 3 channels is fine, it's the modes that start to complicate things. V30 sounded dull oddly.
     
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    I've been a fan of Boogies ever since I saw a wicker & wood Mark IV at the NAMM show in the early nineties. Currently have seven Mesas.
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    i just figured it redundant. boogie says they are the same amp minus the wattages.
    the head has wattage sellecton i thought.
     
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    The V:35 is a loud amp. The V:90 can sterilize a water buffalo from 200 yards out.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Well a nice little grab n go mark V 35 combo got me into it. 35 has power settings too but only 2 channels. Mark V head has 3. Plus presets on graphic. Master volume. Etc.
    The head and a 2x12 is quite different to me from the little combo. If I were to haul the head and a 1x12, might as well haul the combo.
    I suspect I may like the TC100 head better. The 35 sounds different from the big Mark V too.
     
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    There is some overlap between the Triple Crown and the Mark V, so that's a tough call. The Triple Crown kinda sits right in between a Mark and a Marshall, and can lean further in either direction with a bit of tweaking. I have both a TC-50 and a V:90. The Triple Crown gets more playing time, but that's probably because the MIDI implementation on it makes it super easy to control from my multi effects pedal. That, and it's much newer so there's still a bit of honeymoon period going on for me. I've has the Mark V since 2009. It ain't going anywhere, though, cause it does what it does so well...
     
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    No issues setting up the Mark 5 tonally? It seems really picky.
     
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    Not anymore, but getting used to the Mark tone stack is a little bit tricky. The tone controls come before the gain stages in the circuit, so you use them to shape the character of the tone. Then use the Graphic EQ to actually dial in your tone. The higher the treble knob, the less effect the midrange and bass controls have. The treble knob also influences the amount of gain, while the midrange influences the "meat" of the gain. The bass adds flub if set too high with higher gain settings, so you turn that sucker down to tighten it up and then add it back with the sliders.
     
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    Knowing that the EQ is post-distortion is very important to understanding Mesas with EQ.

    All Frodebro said about the tone stack is true. I say that the way to start out with a "traditional" style Mesa amp is to set bass to 3 and mid and treble to 5. Never adjust just one tone control, adjust two and see how they interact. It can make such a difference. I had a Mark III that was ultra finicky about that. If the midrange was at 4, it was terrible. If it was at 4.5, it was magical. Depending on the treble setting.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Yeah they are weird. Thanks for that, I knew they were before the gain. With 3 channels amd only 1 EQ it seems interesting to get it all set. Then when I change guitars....
    I liked it but I will AB with the TC 100 tomorrow and see. Speakers make quite a diff too.
     

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