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Old 10-23-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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Question Carvin V3 vs. Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier...?

I'm probably going to catch heck for asking this, but I was playing my first Boogie Dual Rectifier at GC a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with the HUGE, warm, luscious sound. The price tag was pretty high, so I went looking on Craig's List and found a dude selling an 8 month old D-Rec half-stack for $2200.

Having explained my new found affinity for the Boogie...I've been reading a lot about the Carvin V3 and how they have given the D-Rec a run for the money. The truth is...I can buy a brand new full V3 stack for the price of a used D-Rec half-stack. Like I said...I know I'm going to catch heck...and I'M NOT trolling...but I need to know what you think of the V3's before I drive to Sac and play one or throw down a couple grand on the Boogie. Any advice or observations would be greatly helpful. Thanks!!!

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Old 10-23-2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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Never played a V3, all I can tell you is that you will never regret goin with a dual recto.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:08 PM   #3
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Ill 2nd the Dual Recto.

Throw an OD infront of it, theres nothing more orgasmic.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:14 PM   #4
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I've actually played the V3, and its an ok amp.
IMO its a bit of a zombie. Its good, and its wayy easier to dial in, but its not gonna capture the life that a well dialed-in Boogie has.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:45 PM   #5
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if you're going to buy a dual rectifier, go with a used Rectoverb, or Tremoverb, they're supposidly better than the newer Dual Recto's Mesa's been putting out.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:47 PM   #6
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Go with the Boogie. This might be one of the only times I'm not going to say Carvin.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:25 PM   #7
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the V3 is pretty pathetic IMO.

get the rectoverb combo. it sounds better than the 3chan recto.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:26 PM   #8
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i have a roadster, they sound like garbage trucks at low volume.
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i have a roadster, they sound like garbage trucks at low volume.


Is that a good or a bad thing
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:53 PM   #10
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Mesa Boogie, hands down.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:41 PM   #11
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:49 PM   #12
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The V3 is great but no boogie.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:53 PM   #13
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If you have the money go for a boogie,or something of that level.

The v3 is a great mid-range tube amp though.The head is like 800 or so new off carvins site.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:29 AM   #15
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Mesa Boogie...the Carvin is cheaper and offers great cleans, however I found the overdrive channels to be extremely weak and I wasn't particularly impressed with its build quality...
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:35 AM   #16
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The Mesa. It will still be worth $2,200 in 10 years. Good gear is like money in the bank. Its easy to sell and can even go up in value over time = free.

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Old 02-10-2009, 03:16 AM   #17
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You will too.

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Old 02-10-2009, 05:05 AM   #18
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Definately the Mesa!
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:27 AM   #19
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Go with the Mesa Boogie. Every distortion tone I've heard from the V3 was just lifeless fizz.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:24 AM   #20
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You can't lose with a Dual Recto.
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