Speaker Choice For Mesa MKI Reissue

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  1. 55 Jr

    55 Jr Member

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    Hi all!!
    NAD!!
    Picked up a near mint Mesa MKI Reissue last night.
    It will be added to my inventory of backline rental amps.
    Your opinion please.
    My speaker options are:
    Leave it stock (Black Shadow C90).
    Eminence Red White and Blues.
    Eminence Cannabis Rex.
    Altec 417-16 (NOS 16 ohm...... Impedance mismatch).
    EVM 12 L (weighs as much as a small car ).

    Please remember this is now a backline rental amp. I'm looking for the choice that would be most appealing to touring professionals.

    Best regards,
    Brian
    The RiverCity Guitar
    *High End Backline Rentals*
     
  2. jujube

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    Altec would be one of the best choices. The 16 ohm speaker will match when connected to the 8 ohm speaker output in 60 watts mode. I have a new Great Plains Audio 417-8H with my Mark I RI and it is outstanding. EVM is another alternative. Definitely get rid of the Celestion 90 in any case. It does not do the amp any justice.
     
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  3. Heady Jam Fan

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    I disagree with the above, respectfully. I use a steamboat hemp 100, which is like a hemp c90. I much prefer it over an ev, personally. I tried tons of speakers. Altec and ev are good too though.
     
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    Not sure I would want to use an old speaker like the Altec in a rental/backline amp.
     
  5. Robbgnarly

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    Any EVM 12L or clone (EM12, WGS12L, Delta pro 12a)
     
  6. Stormin

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    I have owned several Mark I Reissues since the mid 90's (currently have 3). I've tried a ton of different speakers with them over the years.

    For my tastes, the Vintage 30 works the best. I have not been a fan of either the EVM or the C90 with these amps.

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  7. Bobbyb

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    First of all..let me just say that's a beautiful picture and makes me all emotional. I've actually seen that rig several times when I look for blonde Mk I porn. Actually because I really want to convert my combo into a head (which I COMPLETELY don't even know where to get started on that.) And you have both. Right there. IT'S LIKE I CAN SEE THE TRANSFORMATION IN FRONT OF ME!!

    So...on the 30s, the problem is, even when I run an ext. cab it's only a 1x12. Wouldn't I need more juice than something with a 30?

    I have a Cannabis Rex going not very used. I need to try it out with the Boogie.
     
  8. Stormin

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    Thank Bobby!

    As for getting a head shell, you can get them direct from a Boogie. I have another Mark I head (that's not pictured) that I converted from a combo to a black leather head. It was several years back, but I just called Boogie direct and they had one on hand. I run that one with a 1x12 open back and a 1x12 Thiele, both loaded with V30s.

    If you're running the combo + a 1x12 extension, a pair of V30s would support up to 120 watts of amp. As for the V30 itself having a 60 watt rating (compared to a 100 watt amp), you're right. There are 2 easy options: run the Boogie in 60 watt mode or pop in some 6V6s, which will lower the wattage to 40/20. I actually run 6V6s in mine and prefer the response over 6L6s or EL34s.

     
  9. DiPa

    DiPa Silver Supporting Member

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    Nice gear there.
     

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