#1
Hello guys I was about to get a EVH 5150 iii combo a month ago but came into a bit more cash. Does the speaker in the Mark V combo work well with the amp? I assume so since it's Mesa, but would the head be the far better option? But that would cost a lot more due to cabinet. Thoughts?
#2
Depends on how you feel about a Celestion C90 Black Shadow and what kind of music you play.

The combo is also open back.

So, what kind of bands do you like? What tone are you after?
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#3
Well the reason I'm choosing this over the 5153 is because it's much more versatile, multi-watt, made in USA, lots of voicings with seperate eq's for each channel among many other things. The music I'm after is pretty much everything, I listen to a wide-variety of music as well as play. Everything from 60's garage, psych, prog and outsider to modern day black, death, thrash and doom metal.

As for the speaker, unfortunately I can't try before I buy due to living in a small city and the only place that has the combo is four hours away.
#5
The multi-watt thing is a gimmick. Don't choose it for that bollocks. That only matters if you are trying to go for power tube distortion and if you were gonna do that it's probably the wrong amp anyway. The other features, fair enough.
With those styles of music, go head and closed backed cab.
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#6
I refuse to order from guitarcenter or used for that matter. Bad experiences from GC and wont do it again. As far as used goes, if I can't try it first without paying for it, no go. Thanks for the suggestion and time though.

It was just a feature depending on the gigs cathbard @ the multiwatt. So I'm better off going head and cab?
#7
Again, it would only be useful at gigs if you specifically want power tube distortion. Do you?
Yeah, head and cab fer shure.
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#8
Just save some cash buy a RM100 with a Mark module then you'll
have two more spaces for other kickass modules to suit your tastes
and plenty cash left over for a great cab just my thoughts.
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#9
I do sometimes indeed from small to larger venues. I'm basically looking for an extremely well built and versatile amp from bedroom to stage that can play a lot of things and be good at it.
#10
^^ Markus module and a Loneclean to cover the Mesa sounds leaving one slot free for whatever takes your fancy.
Anthony (Salvation Mods) made my Markus module to suit what i wanted (Abraxus lead tone). He included the bass extender from the Mark IIC for me. He's a great guy; same guy that makes Billy Corgin's modules.
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#11
If an RM100 showed up around here I could try that, but not used online. I'm too meticulous with things and sick of the disappointments as well as poorly described things.

Oh wait. They're still for sale. I thought they were out of production.

But now my question is. How close are they to the real thing? I'm not really a fan of modeling things like the axe, kemper and 11 rack.
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#12
Yeah you can get a new one.
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#13
Its all real no modeling at all each module has two 12ax7's in it its a real tube preamp
modeler
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#14
They have their own sound but pretty close. It's not modeling per se, they have replaceable modules that have two tubes onboard. No digital bullshit, it's all done with tubes.
I have a Tweed module from Randall - it does sound like a Bassman but it has a gain control as well so you can get more than just Bassman cleans out of it (think Neil Young Crazy Horse.)
I also have a Mash-all+ from Salvation too. That is a pisser of a module, everything from plexi to JVM red. I've had a guy jump on the stage once to see how i was getting my tone when I was using the 2203 mode - and he'd played right before on an actual 2203 (a vertical even) through the same exact cab.
The Markus is very convincingly like a Mark 2. Just as hard to dial in too. He configures it the same way as an actual Mark; ie tone stack before gain.

In short, not exactly the same but very similar. You'll have your own sound in the same vein as the modules you choose. I love mine. Awesome amp.

Another great feature of the RM100 is the power tube biasing. Individually biased tubes that a trained monkey could set. They will take just about any octal power tube you can imagine and you don't need matched sets because each tube is biased separately. Just toss in whatever is at hand, bias it up and go.
They're a good thing.
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#15
This sounds pretty interesting. Definitely something I'm going to look into and read up on. It seems even more versatile than the mark v!
#18
I'm expecting a Jaded Faith Soldano module to arrive in a day or three. That's the biggest drawback of the RM series - module GAS.
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#20
Well, cheaper than buying all those actual amps. I've spent well over $1K on modules alone though.
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#21
Modules are very addicting waiting on my trilogy all three 5150 variations as we speak.
Next the ubersonic.
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#23
And I can't help but think a Dumble module would be nice.

Must STOP!!

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#25
Yeah.
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#26
And a Framus cobra aka The mamba has caught my eye. Lol it don't stop
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#27
I still need to read up on it a lot. I'm still liking the Mark V, but the versatility of the rm100 is very fascinating and inviting.
#28
Read up its worth it. I've modded two of my own modules myself.
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#29
Quote by RJH11
And a Framus cobra aka The mamba has caught my eye. Lol it don't stop
Liking the look of the Twox too. Well, not the look per se, it's as ugly as sin but ...... well, you know what I mean.
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#30
Indeed my blackface stock was OK but a few orange drops here a sozo there
and now its damn close to the real deal only clean I use.
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#31
I really like the Tweed. It keeps me happy for cleans - not that I even use any cleans these days. My gigging setup will be Mash-all+, SL-OD100 and Markus. Dirt, dirt and more dirt.
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#32
My dirt's self modded 1086 and KH3 until the others arrive.
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#33
yep, gonna send off a couple of modules to jaded faith to be modded to a 59rr (JF's version of the mashall) and mark x (mark v). just need to move some gear first, as usual.
#34
Any good spots you guys know of to buy stock modules? Ultra lead, Xtc etc
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#35
Not really, but a word of warning; the Randall XTC is crap.
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#37
Yeah I want a few stockers to mod myself.
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