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  • #16
    man id love to mess around with one, but i wonder if the fiddle factor would eventually just get distracting from working on finger factor.

    all the blah blah about how jazz folks and death metal heads alike both use the mark IV still make for an enticing sales pitch...

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    • #17
      The kicker for me was that the Mesa did those uber-warm and dark cleans as well as smooth/tight high gain distortion (that NEEDS the EQ circuit for sculpting)...but I'm a real sucker for Bassman cleans and boosted AC30 or JCM800 distortion, neither of which the Mesa really did. Just the voicing of the amp, but possibly the power section too. Kind of stiff feeling. Hard to describe. Only tried the IV though, not the V.
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      • #18
        I just bought the head-->still in the learning phase but is ultra responsive

        my way was Axe-FX-->TA-15-->Petrucci video's-->Bought

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        • #19
          Doc,

          That's EXACTLY what I said. Then I played an Electra Dyne.

          ~Heel

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          • #20
            The kicker for me was that the Mesa did those uber-warm and dark cleans as well as smooth/tight high gain distortion (that NEEDS the EQ circuit for sculpting)...but I'm a real sucker for Bassman cleans and boosted AC30 or JCM800 distortion, neither of which the Mesa really did. Just the voicing of the amp, but possibly the power section too. Kind of stiff feeling. Hard to describe. Only tried the IV though, not the V.


            That's exactly how I felt about my recto - it did a good job on the extreme ends of the spectrum - pretty good cleans and obviously killed it on the modern high gain side. But I felt like everything else from slightly pushed bluesy sounds to classic rock, even VH levels of gain didn't sound very good, despite about nine switches and a marketing pitch that would make you feel otherwise. It just felt to stiff and fizzy, not organic. I kind of felt that way playing the express too. But I've never played the mark v so take these comments w/ a grain of salt
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            • #21
              I'm a real sucker for Bassman cleans and boosted AC30 or JCM800 distortion, neither of which the Mesa really did.



              This is my problem too. All I ever really need is a Fender and a Marshall.
              "All metal is muscle memory" - NeoAngelo

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              • #22
                Buddy just bought one with the 212 open back cab with the v30's. All I can say is wow. The cleans are pristine,then you put it on tweed and have the nicest blues tone you could imagine. I would buy this amp just for the clean channel alone. And it just keeps getting better.

                Nice to be able to lower the ac voltage. Just remember like any Boogie the equing is very important and a little bit does a lot.
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                • #23
                  I agree with this to a point.

                  The Mesa 1x12 short bodies are great in the way of size and portability. They're all under about 50lbs. And for people like me who've started to experience back issues, there is no way I'm going to lug around a cab and a head, OR a large combo. THere is just no need when I'd just end up mic'ing or direct-boxing anyways.

                  At the same time, the MkV combo is 65 lbs. That's pretty heavy, but a 2x12 would be closer to 100 (as evidence by the Road King 2x12). That's freaking ridiculous, but that the same time is still lighter than the alternative head+2x12 cab, and is in 1 peice. I'd probably just rather have the combo in any case. It will always be lighter than the equivilent head/cab combo.


                  All of this is accurate.

                  I would probably still have my Nomad if I'd gone with the head/cab setup... so much better in every way.

                  -Tube Life
                  -Portability
                  -Compatibility
                  -Resale
                  -Experimentation Potential

                  I'm militant about this though, 1x10 is the absolute largest combo I would ever consider owning even for a second. They should just stop making combos. To me it's like if a guitar had pickups you couldn't remove or a car where the axel/wheels/tires were all one solid piece of metal.

                  But if that float's ole Jeffery's boat, then so be it. Like MyNameIsMok said, in all honesty it'll probably be fine for him. Still, I may never buy another combo in my life.

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