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Old 10-24-2012, 07:37 PM   #61
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Sounds like the answer is a used Mark IV! I am still considering AxeFX as an alternative though. I will be making a move on something by the end of the week. Looks like whatever it is, Mark IV or AxeFX i'll be buying used off of eBay as both products have "new" models that are in the 2500+ range...

Either way expect a fair amount of tweaking


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Old 10-24-2012, 08:09 PM   #62
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Ok, my FINAL verdict is in... I am going to buy a used AxeFX standard off of eBay and give it a try based on all of your recommendations. I figure, if I dont get along with it, its easy to re-sell and ship and it wont cost me anything, then I can get my mark iv (or v ) . I actually checked out the software "Axe Edit" on my computer and read the manual and its pretty easy.

Soooo.... couple questions.....

I record on a macbook, using Logic Express 9. My audio interface is an m-audio Fast Track pro. I currently output my mac to a PA system, and use input monitoring to record. If i'm recording from an amp, I use a MIC -> interface -> mac. With axefx, will I be using the audio out to my interface? Also, does it have a seperate "monitor" out, so I can stop using input monitoring in logic....?

Since the AxeFX will only cost $800, I am going to use my remaining money to buy a kick ass PA/Monitor system... This will be the output for both logic AND the AxeFX. Is this a good idea? Should I have something different? I have no idea what the axefx "likes" for a speaker system... Thanks everyone for your help!
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:26 PM   #63
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Yea, perhaps I am taking this whole wattage thing too far? I THINK I FINALLY narrowed things down! I have always wanted to own a mesa product, I never have, and people love them, so i'm IN...... Here is what I have boiled my choices down to...

Express 5:50 combo (NEW) with TS9 (which I already have..) for those times when I need to get really heavy. $1500 total...

Mesa Mark IV head (used) screw my low wattage dreams. I'd also be adding a 2 speaker mesa cabinet to this. looks like it will be around $1500 total for both as well!

I'm PSYCHED to finally have this narrowed down. Any more input on these 2 would be appreciated.


You're definitely taking the wattage thing too far. In my experience low wattage is not for bedroom volumes. I hate the sound of my Mark V at 10 watts at a quiet volume, once you get the volume up about half way though then it really starts to shine. At home though... I leave it on 90 watts.

I really really like the Express series of amps, but I've always felt that it was a $1000 amp priced at $1500 just because it's a Mesa... I would not buy one new, and I am a Mesa fanboi

Carvin V3 is a pretty nice amp, but I find the gain to be a little fuzzy... Especially when quiet.

A Peavey JSX might not be a bad choice, I was constantly surprised at the huge range in tones it offered.

Mark IV... Great clean, incredibly great lead, but the rhythm channel is kinda weak. Nowhere near as versatile as a V.

AxeFX is awesome if you can afford it... I completely disagree with the guy who said the low gain/clean tones are kinda meh. They're not once you figure out how to dial them in. The high gain stuff... Well that's a given. Just be aware that there are many expenses beyond buying the unit. You need a way to listen to it as well which means either a power amp + cab or preferably FRFR speakers or a set of decent computer monitors or a pair of studio monitors... You'd also most likely need a footswitch.. The one they sell is $800 although there are cheaper ones to be found.

I'd say... Mark V. Or if you're willing the make a larger investment an AxeFX2.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:55 PM   #64
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actually the MKIV is my best amp at low volumes thanks to two master volumes (each channel and global) you put the global at 1 or 2 and dial in with the channel master volume it gets pretty quiet and doesn't sound terrible. it sounds better louder, but i can play it at 3am and not irritate anyone. i have more free time at night so thats when i play most.

i have no issues dialing in a good rhythm tone on the MKIV.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:55 AM   #65
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My Kemper has issues with that statement


Exactly, I insist the Kemper is a fine choice!
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:07 AM   #66
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Mark IV, mark V. Great at any volume. Flexible with tone. Sparkling cleans to tah brootz and everything in between.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:07 PM   #67
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Ok, so... its been a while since i updated this thread. I want to thank you all for your input... I considered MANY things, in the end, I went with the Kemper Amp. I was VERY close to purchasing an Axe FX or a Mesa Mark V. In the end, the kemper overhwelmed me with curiosity!
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:26 PM   #68
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something mesa used, something carvin? perhaps the steve vai lunchbox signature?
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:01 AM   #69
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all I can say is O-M-G, the kemper actually works... This couldnt have been a better choice for me..... I was so close to buying a Mark V (and its still on my list of things to buy, such a close second.... some people will want to shoot me for the comparison!), but man, this kemper, really does what it advertises. I will try and do a new amp day post complete with recordings. Thanks so much to everyone for their suggestions, I researched them all and had so much fun doing it!
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:03 AM   #70
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:05 AM   #71
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Can you download tones for the Kemper?

If so, and if they can put it in a box that doesn't look hideous, I'd be interested.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:06 AM   #72
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It needs rackmount. Then I would consider that over an Axe FX.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:14 AM   #73
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You can get a Mark V for $1500, easily. Or, a Rivera KR7 for $1100.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:16 PM   #74
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the carvin legacy 3 is amazing. rackmountable 100 watt/50 watt head with 3 channels. i have the legacy 1 and for a two channel amp it is one of the most versatile amps u can get. the legacy 3 is even better.

the line 6 dt series are solid as well
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #75
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Glad you chose the Kemper I had to tell you twice xD
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