NAD - do we ever get tired of a new amp? Mesa Blue Angel

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  1. grolan1

    grolan1 Friend of Leo's

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    Not physically in my hands as of today but purchased it yesterday... I imagine around a week from now I'll actually be able to enjoy it. It's the 1x12 combo version - believed to be mid 90's so an earlier one. I had the 4x10 years ago and really like it, but the crave to move on and find something different bit me, so I sold it. I do remember the 4x10 was heavy as *&%*, well you know, hoping the 1x12 is a bit lighter.

    Not looking for a super loud amp (I have those already) - come on brown truck driver - I need my amp fix! Looking around, there aren't a ton of these amps for sell... not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing.

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    Congrats! As far as their limited availability is concerned, my best guess would be that folks that own them really like them, and hang on to them.

    Then again they could also be limited edition duds, with most of them ending up in a landfill already! :lol:
     
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    Really hoping I'm going going to add to the landfill - :p
     
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    I always wanted to try one of those out. I had a Maverick 410 for a while, but I didn't really gel with it.
     
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    I had one years ago. It does some sweet cleans the Overdrive was bright almost brittle. I tried tube swaps but found the answer was a Tone Tubby Ceramic Hemp cone speaker. The hemp cone took the "bite out" and the amp sounded sweeter than ever!
    Its a great amp. I sold it because I dont gig anymore.
     
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    Your new Mesa - that's very sweet. 4 x 10 is too heavy for me too.

    New amp, do I get tired of it? No, but I'd say "too familiar" with it. It takes me about four months. Then I want something else. I don't get rid of my old amps, but I'm always wanting something new and different to add to the mix. Last amp was a Blackstar that I've been using exlusively since Christmas. Now I want an Orange SS.
     
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    Cool, a Boogie with fewer knobs than "Mission Control"!
    Congratulations!
     
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    That's the one I'd want if I went shopping for another tube amp. Love 'em.
     
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    I already have a speaker ready to go in the Angel... a Eminence Reignmaker with built in volume control... should be interesting. Funny I've always thought these were less bright than a BF/SF Fender.... even stock.

    Yep, my main draw to the amp... simple controls, no MV.. straight signal path into all of those tubes!

    Exactly, all of the others are less attractive to me, but I do like the sound of the clean channel on the Lonestar and Maverick...
     
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    Well the brown truck came Friday and boy do I like this amp... cleaned it up and got to play it today finally... what a WIDE range of very usefully tones in these amps... amazing sounds to be had. You have to really understand the tone knobs and how they react to the amps character, nothing like a straight forward tone set in a Fender amp.. the knobs are very reactive to each other. Once you understand that, you're golden. And BTW the reverb is the best I've ever hear in any amp, period... amazing and I'm not a huge reverb guy even.

    This amp is one of the first ones made, around 1994 with a serial number of BA-287...

    I'd strongly suggest if you find one of these, pick it up... tones are heavenly! (they are very heavy though!)

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    I have the 4x10 and 1x12. I'd swear they're the same weight, one's just bulkier and taller.
     
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    Congrats on your new amp. These are hard to come by. I bought mine a few years back, then found the matching 4x10 cab to go with it. I'm very partial to Mesa amps and also really like multi watt amps, so this one was a no brainer. Excellent amp, great tone, and the Reverb, as stated earlier is amazing !!
    Enjoy your new amp !!!


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    Congrats man its a great amp.....yep VERY heavy!
    You are gonna look like Arnold soon lol
     
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    I especially liked the 6V6 setting
     
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    Agree, I think I like the 6V6 setting the best, but I must admit, there's not a huge difference between the settings... yes a difference but it's not over the top. The tone controls make much more of a difference than the power tube settings (to my ears).

    I also didn't feel the wattage difference... it seemed the volume stayed closer between power tube settings that I would have imaged.

    I have a Eminence Reighmaker speaker I was going to install to better control the volume... but I don't believe I'm going to do it now.. the amp really isn't that loud as it is.
     
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