New To Me Vintage Amp

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  1. pelle31

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    I bought a second hand Boogie a few months ago and thought I would post about it. I have had a Lone Star Special and Mark V 25 in the past and while they were nice amps they weren't the sound I was after.I decided to try a full size Mark and began looking online,in particular for a wood cabinet and wicker grille combination.While looking I found an add for an older Mark III that looked fantastic and had a lot of the features I wanted. I took a chance and bought it and can't believe how great it is.
    The amp is a simul-class no stripe 1985 Mark III with the 105 power transformer,reverb and graphic eq.It has the original EVM-12L speaker and is housed in an Imbuia cab with wicker grille.In 2017 this amp was sent back to the Mesa factory for service and upgrades. Pretty much every available option was added... the III+/IIIC+/IIC+ circuit upgrade, R2 volume addition, reverb fix, as well as a pentode/triode switch. The amp also had a general service and cap job.The amp shipped with a pair of 415 6L6s and 416 EL34s. Besides loving how the amp looks,it is amazing how versatile it is,great cleans through to heavy distortion.It took a while but I think I found the Boogie I have been searching all this time for!

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    Sounds killer! I bet it's loud.
     
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    Cool!
    Could you post a pic?
    I don’t do Facebook.
     
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  7. Stubee

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    That’s a cool amp.
     
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    rangercaster Friend of Leo's

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    That's a beauty !!! Bet it will peel paint off the walls ...
     
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    That's pretty! I have a MK I RI with the same cabinet and speaker. I'd probably use it all the time if I could still lift it!
     
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    Beautiful! What a work of art.
     
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    Congrats, it’s a beauty.

    I’ve own a couple of Mark IRI’s, two Mark IIB’s, and a Mark III. All great amps.

    Never owned one as nice as yours.

    Enjoy.
     
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    man, that carries me back - not that I ever had one, but I remember drooling over them in shops back in the day. I really didn't know anything about amps, I just thought it was the coolest looking thing.
     
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    Me too,that's part of the reason I bought this amp instead of simply getting a new Mark V.These were the Boogies I dreamed of getting someday.
     
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    slauson slim Friend of Leo's

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    Yes. Beautiful instrument.
     
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    i am not a boogie fan but,damn that is pretty!
     
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    Nice and superbly preserved MKIII, @pelle31... Congratulations ! :cool::cool::cool:

    They did not gave the matching FENWICK forklift with it ? Too bad... :D

    My 1980 MKIIA (S/N° 4915) weighted 43.5kg with its cables and FSW, once put in its (light : 7kg) flycase... :eek:

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    The cab was an aftermarket :it weighted 12kg by itself without the speaker (but with the reverb unit)...

    finally I decided to return my MKIIA to its original black Tolex cab :

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    For sure, it's not as nice, but I was worried each time I carried the heavy and precious hardwood cab to make damage on it... And it was also a pain to handle !

    In the Tolex version, the weight of the combo has decreased from 36.5kg to 30kg - thanks also to the ALTEC 417-8H speaker, a bit lighter than the original EVM12L (7.4kg agaisnt 8.9kg IIRC).

    I hope that you are still able - unlike me :rolleyes: - to carry your amp with all the requested muscular strength and most of all: backbone endurance ! :)

    Anyway, you've made a good choice : these are great vintage amps... :cool::cool::cool:

    -tbln
     
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    That's a beauty as well.No forklift with mine,but I have thought about taking additional health insurance on myself in case of a dislocated shoulder or herniated disc.LOLOL.
     
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