OP, you're on the right track. I've had a similar experience and it was Very Good! Back when Bill Chapin had his shop in San Jose I dropped by to talk about a strat build so he showed me some of the ones he had in the shop. He wanted me to hear them but he had loaned out his shop amp and all...
In another thread, @Gallery said something about Audio Kitchen amps that describes a kind of amp I'm looking for. He said, "If you like amp-about-to-explode sounds at almost any volume (which I do but can get for cheaper with a fuzz face or a Tweed pedal) and have the moola to invest in a very...
I appreciate the Mesa design philosophy and like the fact that they make amps with a wide range of capabilities and provide great manuals to enable us players to get the most out of them.
What other amp companies (or specific amp models) have a similar design philosophy?
I'm looking for a physically small head for grab-n-go purposes to take to buddies' houses for small music room and living room jams. They'll provide the speaker cabs, and since we like gear, I'd like to find a head that's out of the ordinary. Rather than try to specify a kind of tone, I'll...
Has anyone compared the Fatcab or Nanocab to a Mesa Thiele w/ EVM12L or a Bogner Cube w/ Celestion G12C? I'm considering getting a Bluguitar amp and wonder if there would be a significant sonic/tonal reason to get a Fatcab or Nanocab to go along with it.
OP here. I'm trying to describe the "feel" of the amp rather than the tone, but the blues and pop songs of the 50s and early 60s capture the vibe I'm looking for. I won't be using pedals, and for guitars either an SG or a Strat.
I'm looking for a low power amp (say <12 W) that feels quite forgiving/squishy/loose. I'd prefer a used head, must be tube, and my budget is < $750.
Here's a list of buzzwords to help define what I'm looking for and what I'm NOT looking for:
3 channels with MV, lowish power (say 12 W), no FX loop, no trem/reverb:
Channel 1: Mesa Mark 2C+
Channel 2: Sunn Model T
Channel 3: Use these tubes - GZ34, 6V6GT, 6SL7GT
Prefer a dark brown alligator tolex head.
That's about it!
Any love for the Mesa Mark Five:25? I've never played one, and I don't recall hearing one in person, so I only have YT videos and similar to go by.
Does it really sound like the marketing descriptions in which they say, "a “greatest hits” collection of our renowned Mark Series preamp circuits?"