Price paid: $ 1700
Purchased from: Drinking Gourd
Sound — 10
Right now I use a guitar a made with a dimebucker treble and a pearly gates rythem. I play a lot of thrash metal and I like a lot of punch so the the bass, drums, and guitar can meld together. This amp works perfect with an Ibanez tube screamer, so there isn't too much distortion but just the right amount. When dialed in, it can kick someones ass up and down an arena. The clean channel has no distortion problems unless set to mild distortion. This amp gets the job done.
Overall Impression — 9
There is much more to say but for heavy music, hell even any rock this thing is does what is supposed to do, kick every other amps ass. Personally, reverb would be handy but I use a GNX4 so I don't need it. Also if there were and opption to lower the wattage that would help with practicing at lower volumes. Don't be hesitant to try this amp, if you don't like it, that's alright. If you love it, you'll be glad you tried it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
There is no need to worry about it. The amp has lasted for a while and when I get there is no need to worry about a back up or anything. I havn't needed it serviced and the tube life is astounding. The are so far no dings or scratches or marks, it is still in the shape I bought it. This amp could take a sledge hammer (though recommended not to try). This amp was built to last
Features — 10
The mesa Triple Rectifier I bought is a 2006. The only actual reason I needed this amp was because it's uber loud, the distortion is like no other, and the punch on it feels like I've been kicked in the chest by a kangaroo. The the three settings on the two distortion channals (raw, Vintage, and modern) get what ever distortion needed. Hendrix, AC/DC, Metallica, whatever! With 6 preamp tubes and 3 recto tubes, you can't walk away from this amp.