Mesa Dual Rectifier advice

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  1. PetCobra

    PetCobra Member

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    After clearing out a few amps from the stable, I've settled down with a Bogner Shiva I was able to get for a great deal locally. I have some left over scratch, which is pretty rare these days, and I was thinking about picking up a used Dual Rec to kick around.

    My question is this: is it worth the extra couple of hundred bucks to get a Multi-Watt, or should I just pick up an older three channel version?

    Now, I would love to have an early two channel version, but those aren't as easy to come by. And I know it's a matter of personal preference and dependent on my needs of the amp, but that's too logical. I would love some completely different takes to give me more to consider.

    Thanks!
     
  2. snow and steel

    snow and steel Supporting Member

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    couple thoughts;
    Have you played both versions?

    Have you considered a single rectifier?
     
  3. PetCobra

    PetCobra Member

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    I have played every different model, including the single. Most of them I played when I was younger and I really don't think I got the most out of them. More recently, I owned a multiwatt Dual that I loved. I had to part with it due to some financial issues.
    I'm sure I'd be happy with either, but I'm always interested in hearing views from either side. I assume there are people firmly behind each of the options, so that might give me more to consider.
     
  4. cardinal

    cardinal Supporting Member

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    If you use an effects loop, you want a Multiwatt and its serial loop. The parallel loop in the others is terrible IME.
     
  5. PetCobra

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    That's exact the kind of thing I wouldn't have considered. I always defeated the loops on mine and ran all my effects out front. It might be worth it to future proof if I ever want to break out any old rack effects.
    Thanks!!
     
  6. Stormin

    Stormin Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    FWIW, you can convert the parallel loop to serial by moving 2 wires. It's a very simple mod. And takes 5 minutes.
     
  7. mickelodeon

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    I would humbly suggest having a look for a Trem-o-Verb. Not impossible to find, and IMO, the gem of the entire recto lineage.
     
  8. cardinal

    cardinal Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I ran the FX out front, too
    That kinda works, but it won't get the same thing as a true serial loop. The mod seems to just try to make the parallel loop 100% wet all the time.
     
  9. Fishyfishfish

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    grab a single rec and call it a day. Loved that amp, wish I never got rid of it. Some reason I thought bigger more complex was better, so I got a Dual, traded it for a Mark III and stopped.
     

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