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  • #16
    Combo with an external speaker out, so you can beef up the sound if required.

    A combo is also much cheaper than a head and cabinet!

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    • #17
      Combo's always made the most sense to me. I like to keep things as simple as possible for my simple brain.
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      • #18
        Combos for portability and affordability.
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        • #19
          Ok, these people who are saying combos are easier are baffling me.

          I stwongly disagwee.

          Combo's are heavy, at least Mesa ones are. If it's gonna be a 112 or 212, it'll surely weigh more than a head or cab. This means you strain more and are more tired when you are all ready to play at a show. Two easy trips is better than one insane, ****************ty, ballbustingly heavy trip. They're also bulkier, and demand more thought when packing up. They're harder to aim where you want as well.

          A head is more portable in my eyes, far more versatile, tubes last longer and are easier to change out because you can reach them easier. I switched from a 212 combo to a 212 cab and a head. I couldn't be happier. My combo had a hard case (which is a must in my eyes, if you're gonna gig it), and I was able to carry it by myself, but it was really hard and usually I had someone get the other end and help me. Sucks having to wait for someone to be done with their **************** before they'll help you set up.

          Man, I can't recommend a head and cab setup strongly enough. Especially with Mesa, I mean you probably want some beefy gain, and it's so much easier to get that from a closed back cabinet than a 1/2 back combo. Also, those high gain/high volume situations rattle the hell out of your tubes. Heads are less prone to that as the tubes aren't in the same box with the speakers.

          If you get a combo, I can almost promise you that you'll wanna switch to a head/cab down the road. It's frickin spendy to go from a combo to a head. The money you'll make from the combo will only cover part of the head, or maybe the cab with a bit leftover. If you decide you don't like your head or cabinet, then you can sell it for a very similar price that you paid if you bought used (as they're in higher demand, and for a reason), and just get a different one.

          I mean, sure, combos work for some, the old Fenders and Voxs are perfect for some bands, especially one guitar, not very hard rock type bands... but me thinks if you're wanting a Mesa, you want gain, and powerful gain, go with a head. Please.
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          • #20
            Got a point, there, at least as far as Mesa goes. Every Mesa combo I've run across has been hella heavy.
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            • #21
              If you decide you don't like your head or cabinet, then you can sell it for a very similar price that you paid if you bought used (as they're in higher demand, and for a reason), and just get a different one.


              I agree with most everything you say except the bold part - that, I stwongly disagwee with.
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              • #22
                I guess it all depends on whether you have the requirement to mix and match - to have a range of different amps at your disposal. If so, the head/cab arrangement is obviously better, as you can transport three different heads for the same weight as a single combo, and you can mix and match with different cabs.

                However, for most small scale performers, the single combo that covers the ground you need is likely to be a bit more practical. There is something a little more beautiful about a combo too, somehow.
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                • #23
                  I agree with most everything you say except the bold part - that, I stwongly disagwee with.


                  Ok, if we're speaking about nicer gear... tube amps and Celestion/Eminence or better equipped type cabs, I totally think people buy more cabs than combos. Maybe I'm wrong, I dunno.
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                  • #24
                    Combo-small bar scene shows, head-outdoors or large auditoriums with multiple speaker boxes(all custom built).
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                    • #25
                      If you're looking at the same amp in a head or combo version - I'd chose the head for its versatility. I also have two cabs that I'm very happy with, so that helps the decision. I also have combos, and they server their purpose well. In the future, however, if I get an amp, it'll most likely be a head not a combo. That way, you could use an amp switcher to switch heads using the same cab. Very useful.
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                      • #26
                        Kind of a no brainer here. If you have both you use what fits the venue, and makes life easire to move.

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                        • #27
                          I don't really buy gear like an amp online anymore. And at my local stores, heads just aren't really available. For example, I just got a Mesa Express 5:50 combo. They make a short and a medium head for the 5:25 and the 5:50, but no store nearby sells the heads. Besides, the head+cab is a LOT more expensive than the combo.

                          Though I do wish I had the head+cab. Easier to move. Better mix/match.

                          But as long as you can carry the combo in one trip with reasonable ease, there is a certain appeal to the simplicity of it. I'd never want a combo with more than 1 speaker. Extension cabs all the way for that.
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                          • #28
                            If I'm forced to choose I'll get head. But I prefer to get both in combo.oke::lol:
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                            • #29
                              combo and a 2x12 cab, all you need and if its small venue leave the cab at home!
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                              • #30
                                It depends.

                                If you need the "stage presence" to sell your band's image and are young enough to schlep it around, go for a head/cab.

                                If you're not trying to "sell an image", don't drive a van or don't want to deal with a lot of weight, go with a combo (although tube combos aren't light either).
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