#1
is it true, that some of the mesa amps (specifically the single, dual, and triple rec) sound better at higher volumes?

I ask because, and you can bash me all you want, the mesa recs ive played at guitar center the gain sounds so fuzzy and weak at lower volumes.

thanks
#2
depends on their settings, the ones i have played had a choice in gain settings forget what they are at the top of my head, maybe one of the mesa players can fill that in, but i found them to be great sounding for my taste but it is something you need to play with for more then 5 mins to really get a feel for them.
#3
Yes
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#7
My mesa maverick dual rec sounds way better when cranked in the vicinity of 50% on both the master and output levels, which is pretty damn loud.
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All valve amps sound better at higher volumes.

Most amps sound better when the speakers are actually moving; SS, tube, or hybrid.
But yeah, Mesas sound better at higher volume. Don't try to saturate the power tubes though, that's a waste of time. you really can't do that with a 150 watt RMS amp. You'd probably kill most small animals in the vicinity if you did, not to mention blow out your house's windows.
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#11
Quote by blue_strat
All valve amps sound better at higher volumes.


not true, some become very high and brittle sounding.
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#12
There are always exceptions, however, as a rule of thumb, if it is tube, it sounds better cranked. The primary reason being that the tubes get a better, more raw, sound when they get really hot. I have a Rivera 120W tube head, it has the best tone I've ever had the honor of experiencing when I can crank it, but even that amp which i swear by sounds like **** when its at 1. If you really like the amp, but don't want to have to crank it to make it sound good your best bet is to by an attenuator. What that does, in laymans terms, is allow you to crank the hell out of the amp and get the tubes really hot, then it absorbs most of the raw volume post-power section so that the voume is more comfortable. I know planty of guys that have to do that at small gigs or they will kill the first row of people.
#13
I've found with the mesa, its so specific with the settings, in that if you only play at low volumes and tune your settings so it sounds great then, and then you turn it up to play a gig or jam or something, and it will probably sound like ass. But when properly eq'd they sound amazing, there is no hype, these amps are incredible, i love mine and it's not even a high end model.
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#14
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is it true, that some of the mesa amps (specifically the single, dual, and triple rec) sound better at higher volumes?

I ask because, and you can bash me all you want, the mesa recs ive played at guitar center the gain sounds so fuzzy and weak at lower volumes.

thanks


In general, yes. I've had the same experience. There are exceptions though, some don't handle higher volumes well. If you need an amp for low volumes mesa is not the way to go.
#15
Yeah, you gotta get them semi-loud at GC, quiet enough to where it doesn't bother the clerk, but loud enough to get all the tonal velocity, sting and grit. Try scooping your mids: that alone got me to buy a Mesa Rectoverb in the first place and while there, I tried out a Dual Rectifier with similar results, and I'd have gotten it but it was outta my price range so, there comes a certain loudness point that you have to get it to, in my bedroom, I put my master at 10:00 and the output at 8-9:00 and it's loud enough to get it all. But yes, it's generally true with all Mesas