Mesa Triple Crown TC-50

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  1. bgh

    bgh Supporting Member

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    I kind of get the impression this amp has been on the works for a while. It does not appear to be one that was rushed to the market. It seems to be well thought out and well engineered. I agree with you in thinking we may see something very different from Mesa in the next round of product offerings.
     
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  2. Wyzard

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    I am hoping someone at Mesa is working on the next-generation TriAxis, then I wouldn't need a 100W version. I've got 295s for that.

    So: a QuadRaxis I guess: with the preamps from the TC-50, the JP-2C and the KS, along with the best of the TriAxis.
     
  3. TaoInMotion

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    Cool idea ... and the Voxy stuff from the TA 30 would be awesome to have in that same unit although that might be harder to pull off in just a preamp.
     
  4. darchirnoj

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    A Brown Eye-Pink Taco hybrid is due out....a pending name is Two in the Pink, One in the Stink
     
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    The fact that I can't tell if this is a joke says a lot about Friedman.
     
  6. darchirnoj

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    Joking aside, I have a new-born at home, and very broad musical tastes. One day can me a Mayer day, the other, some country. The next? Sevendust.

    The headphone jack helps with the baby, and the 3 voicings should help satisfy my varying musical tastes (well-enough) without having to break the bank on multiple amps.

    I love my Princeton Reverb RI for its cleans, Reverb, and trem. But at low watts, a 10" speaker, and pedal-dependency for drive (not a bad thing), the TC-50 really has me interested.

    Price looks right too (keep wifey happy).
     
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  7. Bandersnatch

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    I thought the TC and TA would make a great pairing add a Mark V = Trifecta
     
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  8. Bandersnatch

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    Yeah tis true I'm just a dreamer

    I had a 79 2203 with very deep clean bass people constantly making offers. Our drummer at the time says "Damn that amp sounds good, I don't even play guitar but I wanna buy it off you"

    Once I started playing VHT's it got less and less use it took a loong time for me to part with it but I knew though it needed to be in the community put to good use.
     
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  9. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    I'm a VHT/Fryette player myself. I recently picked up a Deliverance 120 and I love it.

    The reason why I'm considering a TC 50 is as a replacement for my Subway Rocket Reverb bedroom amp. I like the cleans on the SRR, but the TC 50 clearly has better gain tones.
     
  10. X-Mann

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    Great thread & I've only read about 30% of it!

    I'm a huge EL34 fan & love my Friedman Runt 50! The XLR out feature is just incredible, but the lack of a Master Volume has caused me a few issues at gigs.

    The Mesa TC 50 specs are just perfect for me..........& THIS thread & all the great comments, clips & videos have made me pull the trigger on the TC-50 Head.

    It arrives tomorrow, when I will most likely be sick (cough, cough) & home for the day shredding it up on what I hope is a true BEAST of an amp.

    The funny thing is, I'm a HUGE fan of amp modeling & the Fractal AX8 got me WAY into tube amps. Being able to try out over 200 different digital amp channels showed me that I gravitate towards all Hot Rodded Marshall type tones and amps.

    The cab clone is a HUGE feature for me & the silent out/speaker cab kill is also very cool. The midi & solo boost are stellar features......& I may even run the on amp reverb too.

    I'll report back, post some new amp pics & run a few demos too..........& give some gig reports once I get all the midi channel switching set-up with my Fractal FX8.

    Again, "Thanks" for the G.A.S. & all of the great insight on the world of Boogie & the Triple Crown 50.

    Peace! X-Mann
     
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  11. darchirnoj

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    I'm ordering one today.
    Head or cab?
     
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    Looking forward to hearing what you think!
     
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  13. starbelly

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    Personally I would order the head.
     
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    I'd get the combo. My logic is thus: one of the better looking combos I've seen, 54# isn't a bad weight for a grab and go tube amp, I don't mind V30s, I don't own any open back cab, can always bring an extra 1x12, can always move the chassis into a head or rack at a later date.
     
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    Clearly indeed!

    Replacing your Smart car with a Corvette makes sense. Giddyup!;)

    Eight years ago I was looking for a Subway Rocket somehow ended buying a Dr Z Z-28 and Z-best cab instead lol Those SR's have really kept thier value over the years in fact, a lot of the time they go for used almost as much as they cost when new. Great lil amps.
     
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  16. X-Mann

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    Hey All.....I just got my TC-50 head & spent some time with each channel thru an 8ohm 2x12 w/ V30's in it.

    The tones on each channel are just as described & very good. Channel #3 or the HI channel is just jaw dropping in the "Tight" mode & has a very liquid feel that's great for legato leads.....

    I tried the cab clone DI & was a little disappointed since none of the 3-positions even sounded close to what the cab I'm using sounds like.

    The "Closed Back" position sounds like a ripped speaker too. I could be doing something wrong here.....but....I'm not sure what. The "Open" position is better & the "Vintage" position seems muddy.....

    Has anyone used the Cab Clone DI on their TC-50 yet? Results or thoughts?

    My goal was/is to run the actual cabinet on stage & the DI direct to the PA for gigs.

    I'm trying to figure out the midi & get it set-up w/ my FX8 right now......& making some progress.....

    More later, along w/ some pics too.....

    Peace! X

    PS - I read the reviews of the actual Cab Clone device on-line & people really seem to love them.....Could it even be possible that the one inside my TC50 is broken somehow?
     
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    The Cab Clone on my Mark V 35 works really well. Can't say it sounds exactly like a mic'd cab, but it's definitely usable ... it's close enough for sure.
     
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    I've had my TC50 for awhile now, and still have yet to try the Cab Clone, but I expect to be disappointed. I've never heard any such device sound convincing for hi-gain tones, but I'll try it soon and try to post back after I do.

    I too have the FX8, and once you get it set up with the MIDI on that you'll really be a happy camper. The MIDI in the TC50 was really well thought out and one of the main reasons I bought the amp. The fact that it actually sounds better than the 5150 III I was using just reinforces that I made the right choice.
     
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  19. X-Mann

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    Hey Genghis.....

    The XLR out of the Friedman Runt is just spectacular so I have high hopes for the TC50's Cab Clone.....I'm still doing tests as we speak.

    Q: I'm setting up my FX8 & saved a few Presets to work w/ & have a question or two for you.

    Are you just using CC changes for the amp channels only?

    How do I get the TC's FX loop to be set to "ON" all the time?

    Are you doing both CC & PC changes?

    I was trying to do everything w/ CC only changes, but I can't get my FX loop to stay on all the time.

    Any help is appreciated!

    Thx X!!!
     
  20. Genghis

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    I just use pc changes. Program 1 is clean with reverb and loop, 2 is lo gain with reverb and loop, 3, hi gain reverb and loop, then 4 thru 6 are more or less the same with the solo boost engaged. Then just send the right PC from the scenes to get the channel i want.

    Didn't really dig in and try anything with the CC numbers, but i remember reading that it could be done.
     
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