What Amps could be thought of, as being a Poor Man's Boogie?

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  1. 5150user

    5150user Member

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    Are there any less expensive amps that can at least partially scratch the itch to own a Boogie?

    I ask because the 5:25 Express sells new for $1600, and that is just getting your foot in the door. You can easily spend $2K, $3K, $4K on a Mesa amp.

    I am not jealous, but I am curious. In the distant past I purchased a brand new Studio Preamp, and ran a rack setup into a 4x12" cabinet; so I have been a Boogie owner before. They make nice stuff, but it is Not a poor man's brand.

    I own a 5150 and a Classic 30, so I guess I'm playing on a Peavey budget. Haha!!!

    I'm certain there are other people who ask themselves if they can get close to a Boogie, for less money. Is it doable?
     
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    Didn't Bugera TriRec?
     
  3. 5150user

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    When I brought my 5150 home from a "trade", my wife asked, "why is that thing so loud!?!?!?". Haha!!!

    The Classic 30 is more family friendly, I suppose?
     
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    Are you referring to one Boogie sound in particular? The Electra-Dyne is one of their best ever and they typically sell used for 700-800. Actually a Mark III or recto can be found used for under a grand.

    Some of their less popular models like the F series, while not as good IMO will still get you in Boogie land and are 500-600. If you're willing to buy used there are great deals to be had.
     
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  5. gearscrubs

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    Panama makes some Mesa knock-offs, I think.
     
  6. captaincoconut

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    Kitty Hawk Amps - a quite popular brand in Germany in the 80s and early 90s when Mesa/Boogies were just too damn expensive for most German guitarists (they still are). I don't know if they ever made their way to the states, though...

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  7. danieloux

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    why not searching for a used mesa rectoverb combo, I think they go way cheaper than the amp you mentioned, very cool amp!
     
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    A poor man's Boogie is a used Boogie

    I got my DC5 for $600. It blows away the 5:25.
     
  9. LeicaBossNJ

    LeicaBossNJ Silver Supporting Member

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    The .22, pre EQ Express, Son of Boogie, beat up Mark III amps. Lots of them out there
     
  10. doc

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    Earlier, Mitchell amps were the poor man’s Boogie.
     
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    Rick CD Silver Supporting Member

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    Keep your eyes out for an F-50. Prob score one for less than $500 easily, and they are fine amps for the money.
     
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    Peavey Triumph 60 or 120. Peavey Ultra 60 or 120.

    Great amps! :aok
     
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    The mini Mesa versions are affordable, like the Mini Rectifier under a grand.
     
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    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    You can buy used Tremoverbs and Heartbreakers for under a grand all day long, and I've seen them for as low as $600-700.
     
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    Peavey JSX or XXX.
     
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    I’ve seen Caliber 50’s for under $500.
     
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  18. jdel77

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    Ok, when people say Mesa, half of them think of the Mesa Marks, which are kinda like Fender Blackface amps on steroids, and the other half of people think of Rectifiers which are extremely close to the Soldano SLO preamp.
    Considering you've got your 5150, which is Peavey's version of the SLO/Dual Rec, I'm assuming you're talking about Marks.
    Look for a used S.O.B or a beat MKIII combo.
    Forget music shops - you live in the USA I'm assuming - If I lived in the USA I'd be the biggest Craigslist fiend out there. Get amongst it and you'll unearth something awesome in a used Mesa Mark for WELL under a grand.
     
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    If you buy new you're doing it wrong. Almost any Mesa amp made can be found for $1,000 or less.
     
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    Poor mans Boogie is a used Boogie.
     

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