What your experience with Mesa Boogie TC-50 vs MarkV ???

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  1. Voron

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    Hy folks!
    I've got the TC-50 for a demo, and I liked it very much. And now I have a strong GAS for it ;)
    But I have a Mark V:25 head and maybe I can do something very close to TC-50.
    Any of you have some experience?
    My TC test. Unfortunately I can't get it for a lounge time... so any ideas folks????
     
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    A lot of people are going to say the mark v is the best but I've never been able to dial one in.

    The tc100 though is a beast and one of my favorite amps. The 50 is good too. the tc just has more knobs and options though
     
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    I've actually seen opinions soften over the years. I used to see people hype up the 5, but now people seem to go back to the III or IV nowadays.
     
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    I had a Mark V:25 but sold it. TC-50 all the way. More versatile IMO, easier to dial in, and more options (MIDI, can swap between 6L6 and EL34 tubes).
     
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    budda Do not criticize as this Contributor

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    Everything old is new again - and less expensive :lol:.

    Isn't the TC supposed to be their latest marshall-meets-mesa offering? Which means to my non-mesa-ownership brain that the TC shouldn't sound anywhere near the V?
     
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    I'm just going by impressions, but people claim the TC has some of that Mark-series flavor on top of the TC's own Marshallness? It's like how the Stiletto was basically a Marshall/Recto hybrid from what I can tell.

    Jugding by clips, it definitely has that kinda Mark-esque growl to it.
     
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    I've been (easily) avoiding checking out the TC in case I find myself wanting one. I don't need or need to want more amps :lol:
     
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    A wise policy, good-sir, assuredly.

    To my knowledge, the TC series was based on the Royal Atlantic series, and was meant to be an improvement (probably is). Regrettably, I haven't had the opportunity to try one, but the RA 100 I tried was definitely the best Mesa I've ever played. Thicker and warmer than the Mark series (which I didn't care for), but tighter than a Recto.
     
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    My short in-store trial of an RA-100 left me wondering why the hell LoG was using them :lol:. I don't know if my tastes would perceive it to be a better amp now, but I had no want for them at all.
     
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    I love the TC100 when i tried one. It is a mark marshall sure. Was going back and forth between the evh el34 and the tc. Tc sounded a bit darker but it was waaaay clearer sounding. No evh fizz. Then i tried the friedman runt beside it, and i could definitely dial it closer to the runt but the friedman has a loose bottom. The tc is tight and tightER with the tight switch engaged.

    And with my experience against a mark v, the tc is better. Easier to dial in. Cleans are chimier. Channel 2 is mid gain heaven. Ch3 is just perfect higain sound. Only thing the mark v35 had over it is the nice built in eq.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    All I can say for certain is I've got a Mark V and I'm curious about the TC, whereas if I had a TC I'd be curious about the Mark V.
     
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    KnightBrolaire only the dead have seen the end of GAS

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    comparing a 35w to a 100w is like having a 120lb high schooler try to wrestle a D1 heavyweight. it'd be more understandable if you were talking about the 90w version pf the mark.
     
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    the TC 50 I tried gave me the impression of a british recto, more like a rectifier meets Marshall type of head.
    Even with the tight switch engaged a mark will probably be tighter.
    In an ideal scenario I would have both amps since imho they're are different.
     
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    I did it!!! Sold my MarkV:25 and got a TC-50! Just incredible amp!!! Yes Mark is more tight but TC-50 suits me more! It's kinda Recto and Mark got a sex a do a child :)))))
     
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    Nice. I’ve had the 5:25 and both TC heads. All three were awesome and I still sold all three lol. For me, they ranked:

    1. TC-100
    2. TC-50
    3. Mark V:25
     
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    Same boat here. Saw the 100 awhile back in a shop and actually listened to the voice in my head sayin' "nope, just keep on walkin".
     
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    fuck me wrong thread
     
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    Do you boost your TCs? With the limited time I had with one, I thought it could be ok to gig without a boost with the tight switch on. Although, the bottom end is relatively looser and less compressed compared to a Mark or an EVH red channel.
     
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    For me it really depends of guitar and pups. For some guitars I use Ibanez TS mini to pump it a little, but most of the time it's just the head!
     

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