Small Mesa Heads... which one... sorry for this old can of worms...

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  1. Webfoot

    Webfoot Supporting Member

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    Recto Verb 25
    Mini Rect 25
    Express 5:25+
    Mark V 25

    Transatlantic 15/30 discontinued

    Yikes... many choices (5) if I got their current line up correct. Just looking for great cleans and great dirt for classic hard rock. Not interested in Vox sound.

    Did you try many? What was working and not working for you?
     
  2. Rango

    Rango Supporting Member

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    I've got the TA-30 and the Mark V:25

    The Mark V:25 is what you're after. ;) I could play a gig WITHOUT pedals if I needed too with it. :D
     
  3. Long2Play

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    Mark V:25 all the way! I got mine a couple of weeks ago and it is super sweet!
     
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    Why does the Express have a cool feature like an adjustable boost while the Mark doesnt? Bob
     
  6. ClassicLP

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    Dunno. I have the express, because it is very versatile and sounds nice. Like any Mesa, it has a unique tone stack that takes time (and reading the manual!) to fully appreciate. Any of these little guys are loud and then some for pub gigs.
     
  7. ToneCaptain

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    Depends on what type of tones you're looking for... Each of those amps have very unique tonal qualities... For classic hard rock and great cleans all of them would classify!

    I have the recto verb 50 (original rectoverb with 6L6s, but same preamp as the new one) and love it for great cleans and lead/ rhythms. Very versatile!
     
  8. ClassicLP

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    Really, it would depend on the sound you need. These are different animals. I tried a few and got the express, because it is a generalist that covers a lot of territory and takes pedals very well. The foot switch options, reverb, eq and boost are like a built in pedal board. I use those options sparingly but love having them. I could do a gig without my pedalboard if I had to with the express.
     
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    I'd choose the V:25 with the Recto a close second.
     
  10. Red Planet

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    Would say any of these will work. The V would be my first choice and the Mini Rec would be number two. Actually a Mini Rec might be closer to your needs when you say Hard Rock. The Mini Rec has some serious gain on tap.
     
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    :agree

    I love my 5:25+ for all of the above reasons. I has more than enough gain for classic rock stuff and great clean tone. My favorite is the Crunch channel set at about 11:00 on the Gain setting. Roll back your guitar volume a bit and it's almost clean. Roll it back up, hit it hard and it barks with an upper mid bite like an old Marshall. Stomp the Solo switch to blow through the mix for solos. Fantastic little amp.
     

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