I know theres not one. But what's the colosest one's gonna get without going TriAxis..

Studio Pre? Quad?
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The Mesa Quad is very similar to the Mark IV. The Studio Pre is nice, but not as good and not as versatile as the Quad.
Would you say a Quad, with the right power amp would be more versatile than a MKIV?
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I prefer the Quad over the Mark IV, but that's just me. It has better cleans and can get just as heavy, smooth, liquid-y, punchy, etc. as the Mark IV. The Quad is actually modelled after the Mark IIC+ and Mark III, so there's a wide range of tonal possibilities. Pair the Quad up with a nice tube power amp you're set.
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^^ How much does the Quad usually go for? It is worth it to get for $500?

I've seen them go from $400 on up... So $500 isnt to bad if its in good shape.
The Studio Pre is more like a Mark II drive wise. They are a great preamp. I had one for a little bit. Kind of sad to be off with it.

I say the Quad is what you're looking for though.
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