NAD - Mesa Boogie Tone Machine

T-Bone

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My first Mesa Boogie amp. A Mark 5:25 10”. An expensive little bugger, but holy cow! This guy can give me any and every tone I’ve ever wanted. Add to that, it’s only 24 pounds, has a DI, two channels, EQ, and reverb. I can use it for home practice. Grab and go for open mic and blues jams. Loud enough for most small venues and can be used as a personal stage monitor while going out to the board via the DI. I’ve already dialled channel 1 in for lap steel with lots of clean headroom, and channel 2 in for edge-of-distortion blues harp. Channel 2 also works well as an overdriven sound for guitar using the blues harp settings.

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Shown here next to my Princeton Reverb and on top of a 10” Greenback equipped cab, set up as a mini stack.
 

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My first Mesa Boogie amp. A Mark 5:25 10”. An expensive little bugger, but holy cow! This guy can give me any and every tone I’ve ever wanted. Add to that, it’s only 24 pounds, has a DI, two channels, EQ, and reverb. I can use it for home practice. Grab and go for open mic and blues jams. Loud enough for most small venues and can be used as a personal stage monitor while going out to the board via the DI. I’ve already dialled channel 1 in for lap steel with lots of clean headroom, and channel 2 in for edge-of-distortion blues harp. Channel 2 also works well as an overdriven sound for guitar using the blues harp settings.

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Shown here next to my Princeton Reverb and on top of a 10” Greenback equipped cab, set up as a mini stack.

How is it compared to the Princeton?
 

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24 pounds - Nice!! I love my Mark IV and Mark IV but the weight means I likely won't be hauling them out of the house much anymore and has had me experimenting with other lighter amp combos and head/cab combos.
 

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I bought the head version at the beginning of the year and no regrets! Great amp for any genre.
 

T-Bone

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How is it compared to the Princeton?

The Mesa can get most Princeton sounds, but not vice versa. That being said, I can get Princeton sounds from the Princeton without touching a single knob!

They are very different beasts, which is why I’m keeping both. In many ways I prefer the simplicity of the PRRI but the Mesa is smaller, lighter, AND is capable of providing so many more tonal possibilities.
 

Tim S

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Congrats! I love mine — I consider it the ultimate “grab-n-go” amp.

Wait until you try using the clean channel for leads (Crunch) and the lead channel for Dumble-ish edge of breakup (Extreme). There are a lot of settings to explore and (thankfully) some people who post their discoveries for the impatient (like me).
 

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Nice little combo.
I'd love to try one.
The Extreme setting can be a really nice setting.
Set the gain low and the master high.
A nice,liquidy gain.
I haven't tried that on your amp,but I loved it on my full size MKV.
That combo is small enough to carry that you could add a 1x12 Mesa cab for larger gigs and it wouldn't be too much to haul around.
Play on now.
 




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