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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Telejester, Mar 19, 2020.
My Marshall 9100 power amp is quite possibly heavier than my old Laney VC5O.
Can we agree that Mesa are the amp company of the:-
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I'm giving Ampeg a close second, but Mesa.........damn
UL twin reverb with the master volume, sounded great weighed almost 100 lbs..to think cats used to put EV's in these SHEESH!!!
My Lamborghini story. In the early nineties, I got into two bands in Santa Fe, New Mexico. So, I packed up my two guitars, and my Mesa rig, and drove down from Pittsburgh. Once there, I needed a good jazz combo amp, so I bought a clean, 1969 Fender Twin Reverb with factory, orange-frame JBL speakers. Got a hotel gig up in the foothills somewhere (La Fonda? Don't remember), and after a long night of playing with piano wiz Burt Dalton, and trying to sound like George Benson, I packed up my guitar and amp (no pedals!), and headed to my car. They were having a Lamborghini car convention at the hotel, and the weirdly shaped, steeply inclined parking lot was full of Countaches and other Lambos that were pretty, but nothing short of unobtanium to a struggling musician like myself. I was, and am a car nut, so I knew the models. Anyway, as I was putting my Ibanez hollow-body in my old Mustang's hatch, the twin got away from me, and began rolling away. Dang, that sucker picked up some serious speed, and I found out it's not easy running in slick-soled dress shoes as I chased after the torpedo-like Twin. I grabbed the top handle just before it impacted the rear bumper of a red, Lamborghini LM002, the giant 4X4 Lamborghini off-road vehicle. Just missed it by inches. I often wonder what my life would've been like, being effectively an indentured servant into my early 30's, as I worked to pay off the damage to that rare, red Lamborghini.
Not my amp, but I played bass in a band wit ha guy who had a Fender Quad Reverb. It was basically a mid 70s twin, but in a 4 x 12" COMBO! The speakers were all 100 watt handling; giant magnets. It was a two person lift. It was a hundred watt half stack in one package. It sounded amazing, but I'm happy those days are well behind me.
Mesa RA100 2x12 combo, was just over 90 lbs, I think.
Finally sold my Mesa Lonestar 2 x 12 combo. Great tone but heavy as hell. I still have my beloved Bogner Shiva, which won't win any awards for being portable. At this point the Bogner only leaves the house for recording or larger gigs, but even then the backline is usually provided. Most of my gigs are now through 2 x Roland 80 watt solid state Cubes, and I can carry one in each hand
Same here but a Mace
Two amps that qualified for the clean and jerk I owned were the Peavey Mace and Seymour Duncan 100w convertable with EVM12L at close to or above 100lbs each.
In head format.......Ceriatone 2203 that seemed near twice the weight of a vintage 2203.
Combo format.......probably my 82 4104 with 12-65's.
Quad Reverb: 100+
While casters help and elevators exist, it's a you-call-that-a-stage and ground floor kind of amp
Great tale - Was B*E*rt Dalton my ol' bandmate from Villa Park's Willowbrook Hi ?
75 lb pv stereo chorus 400. My special 130 is about 55 lbs.
Yep, 1st heavy amp, got it in 6th grade.
Then I had a homemade Mesa 4x12 clone, ughhh.
Quad reverb w/ celestions in college.
Real Mesa 4x12, still in my 20's. Went to combos after that.
Later started playing metal again in my 40's, gotn a Mesa vertical 2x12, also very heavy, that was about 8 years ago.
All my stuff is pretty light now ('65 DRRI, Quilter 101 head, Mesa 1x12 cab).
i have a cube 80 but actually use a cube 40 most of the time. 19 lbs.
The quad reverb is a loud thing also.
The Boogie must be something also..
I got a super twin with 2 EV offered lately.. I had to pass even if the deal made sense financially... Probably 150 pounds
My '68 Bassman 4x10 combo was no lightweight, but it sounded dog damm awesome and my back was young and strong back then.
70s Twin Reverb. My poor back!
Ampeg VT-22. Did anyone else make an amp where the cabinet was steel reinforced ?
Peavey B215 cab, official weight 125, actual weight 612lbs. It was glorious - big full tone and loud enough to shake your fillings out. It was just so bulky and heavy I could barely shift it by myself.
I traded it straight across for a home-built unit with 1/2 the power capacity I could actually move.