Good by Powerball, hello Mesa!

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  1. Zer0

    Zer0 That Guy

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    Some back story...
    So after over a year of not being in a band I finally started a band with my buddy, during this year lapse the Powerball was my main amp that I loved and cherished. So we begin practicing and I realize something, my beloved Powerball is just not cutting through the mix. I need not say that the Pball is a fairly bass heavy amp with not alot of mids even with the focused switch engaged and also that my friend plays through a ported 2X15 cab. Now fast forward several weeks, low and behold a Mesa Dual Rec shows up at work used! Now Ive never given Mesa a real chance, I bought and sold a two channel Triple within a week back in the day. However I decide to convince my boss to let me take it home for band practice, along with a Maxon overdrive pedal. And then magic happened. Thick, grinding, mid happy magic. The problems with getting lost in the mix long gone, and hello that angry midrange attack I like so much :hbang:. It also mixes well with my SS150 which is a plus. So that was it, I became part of the Mesa cult. I could gush on and on, but that would be boring so...

    a couple of obligatory money shots.
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  2. Zepp88

    Zepp88 Arktanian Diplomat Contributor

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    You made the right decision, welcome to the cult :agreed:
     
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    Naren OldschoolGhettostyle

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    I like both the Powerball and the Triple Rectifier, but I think I actually prefer the Triple Rectifier. It has this kind of middy almost-fizzy sound (fizzy in a good way).

    So, you did good by Powerball, but now you'll do good by Mesa.
     
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    Shaman SS.org Regular

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    Niiice! Congrats and welcome to the Recto-club :wavey:
     
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    manicsix SS.org Regular

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    I wouldn't say he did good by powerball, ENGL would not be happy.

    Congrats on the rectum fryer :hbang:
     
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    Congrats :shred:
     
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    Haha I see what you did there.... nice. :lol: :D
     
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    I want a Mesa dual Rec really bad!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!
     
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    YYZ2112 Um, yeah..... Contributor

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    Nice. :yesway: I have a single rec that I like very much.
     
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    Drew Forum MVP

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    :metal: I'm obviously a little biased, but I think anyone who says they don't like this amp simply hasn't spent the time to dial one in and hear it at the proper volume, or with a band. I'm not saying I don't understand that some people like something else more - that's cool, of course - but anyone who like high gain amplifiers but who things the Rectifiers suck just hasn't heard one dialed right. :yesway:
     
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    i don't like the rectos, but congrats

    i just dont like the "mesa growl"
     
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    Nightcrawler thrashin`til`death

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    I actually played through my buddies 2ch dual the other day and was quite impressed.Definately a thicker/warmer tone that the PBall. Good on ya!
     
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    Another recent member of the Recto club here :wavey:

    Gotta love that Mesa grind. :agreed:
     
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    Just top clarify this, Drew spent forever saying he just never "got" Rectifiers. Like he says, it takes a lot of practice to dial it in.
     
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    I have yet to try my rectumfrier with an overdrive pedal.

    Do I need to stop being being a slack whore?
     
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    Yes, yes you do. A good overdrive pedal really opens it up, its like the good old gag and gape for your amplifier, it pushes that signal deep and hard.
    And just to clarify completely I still really like the Powerball, it just wasn't cutting it in a live band setting (for our setup). If I could I would have kept it simply for the fact that it would be a great studio amp.
     
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    yes and no, its very difficult to dial out the fizz, but then again thats why mesa invented the roadster!
     
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    Cool score bud, I much prefer the Dual Rec to a Powerball as well. Much more 3D and complex sounding to me. The Rectos aren't perfect but they definitely sound great when setup right. It's cool to see you got something you're happier with, great feeling isn't it? :)

    That said, I disagree that everyone who doesn't like these would even under optimal conditions. For some people this just isn't their sound and that's okay. For me however, especially in the mix of a band, these are killer amps. If I had a studio or more money kicking around I'd definitely keep one of these around for tracking purposes. :yesway:
     
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    :rofl: I had a feeling I'd have to defend that statement...

    The "fuzz" isn't so hard to get rid of, once you get a feel for the EQ and open the thing up a bit. I guess what I was trying to say though is that anyone who's like "ZOMG, R3ct0z sux0rz, (insert similar high gain head) rox0rz!!!11!" is probably a moron. Anyone who's saying "Eh, it's not my thing, I think for what I'm after (insert similar high gain head) just does it a little more for me" well sure, I'll buy that.

    Put it this way - Devin Townsend switched from a 5150 to a Dual Recto for Alien, and his tone didn't change THAT much. :2c: I guess I'm just trying to say that anyone who's into the modern high gain head thing and has ever heard one dialed in right should at least find the Rectifier tolerable, even if it's not perfect for them.
     

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