Mesa Triaxis preamp verses Peavey Rockmaster

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  1. mims2

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    For those of you that use rackmounted equipment, what are the differences in sound in these two amps? I know that the Mesa is a lot more but I see a company called FJA that does mods on the rockmasters.
     
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    The Triaxis can emulate ANY boogie preamp and is pretty amazing. The peavey isn't quite so versitille
     
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    I agree with the Triaxis statement. Depending on which version you get, some have the Rectifier models in them, and some don't. I know a guy who has a Triaxis, and it's a bad beast. I thought about selling my Recto head and buying one.

    On the other hand, I don't have any experience with the Peavey, but I'm not very fond of their amps.
     
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    Triaxis is a great unit. Used to run one with a seymour duncan power amp. Huge sounds.
     
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    What model seymour duncan power amp was it and what are some other good power amps for this? Also, which version has the rectifier models in it?
     
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    The 2.0 has the Recto mod. I used to run my Triaxis with a Mesa 2:90. Some times I really miss that rig, but my back doesn't. And for the record, the Peavey doesn't come close tone wise to the Mesa.

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    It was the ktg-2100
     
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    Picked up a Rockmaster for 79$ a few years ago! Its not a fair comparision considering the price point really. The triaxis is a lot more pre amp by design. That said the Rockmaster does some great classic rock, hard rock to metal tones. Takes a bit of fiddling but Ive gotten some killer tones out of it. Right now its mated to a Classic 50/50 and a 2x12 G12K-100 loaded cab. This set up is pretty impressive for 80's metal and such. Loud as all hell too. Its a simple rack with just a pedal board in the loop for delay,reverb and wah. All I need really. Hey,it might not come close tonewise to the Mesa but then again its not doing "Mesa" ! I'd have no problem sitting this rig next to a Mesa though.;) Bob
     
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    The Rockmaster is a hell of a preamp! FWIW I'm NOT a fan of PV gear.

    Tony
     
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    Had a rack with a Triaxis and a Marshall JMP-1 for about 10 years. Triaxis's are incredible sounding, and very very versatile. You can also perform realtime program changes via an expression pedal. Very powerful little units.
     
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    I have seen some on ebay that say 2.0 with rect mod, some say phat mod, and some say no mods. What are the differences in these?
     
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    If I remember right, the rockmaster is not hugely different from the pre-amps that followed it in the 5150 amps, now 6505 amps. I borrowed one years ago when my amp was in the shop.

    Not the most diverse beasts but absolutely toneful for what they were designed for. The name is a hint!

    -P
     
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    I just bought a Peavey Rockmaster locally but havent used it yet. I am waiting on my Mesa 20/20 power amp. If I still get a Triaxis, is there a way I control both amps through a MIDI pedal board?
     
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    My big problem with the Rock Master is the shared EQ for the Crunch and Ultra channels.
     
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    dang, hopefully that won't be too much of a problem for me.
     
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    I had a rockmaster for years. It worked well for me. As I understand the comparison against marshall's similar project - peavey ran their tubes hotter. or atleast that's what I was told when shopping for one in the early nineties. I don't know about the mesa triaxis at all, but that preamp point is what I remember about that unit.
     
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    :agree
     
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    Quote:
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    The Rockmaster is a hell of a preamp! FWIW I'm NOT a fan of PV gear.

    Tony


    :agree
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    You can be anyone you want to be ...the second time aound-Timothy Leary ___ I give Peavey points for constantly re inventing their products, reaching out to musicians on a budget, and offering something for everyone. In all fairness I think that they do a Hell of a great job of keeping several hats in the ring and providing satisfaction to consumers on many levels. What more could you ask for?...Maybe a custom shop for starters...but that's a whole 'nother discussion. Cheers!
     
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    Has anyone here had either of the FJA mods done on the Rock Master?
     

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