I recommended the Royal Atlantic to you in one of your other posts because it seemed the best tonal match for what you were looking for. Treble and presence change the amount of gain. For me it's really finding a balance for what I am doing at the time. I never could cut through the sound, again unless you can turn it up. Way down would be more for scooped rhythm playing. Meh, sold it after about a year. Playing through either a 4x12 loaded with G12H30s or a vertical 2x12 with Emi Delta Pros.Next
Whatever it is, I found the tones to be a little lifeless and restrained. Older Boogies were equipped with graphic equalizers, but these did not allow the same flexibility. I use the best sounding tubes that I can afford. Like a lot of people back in the day I used a more scooped sound. I have since bought a Lone Star Special and a 5:25 Express and love both.Next
Now I use both depending on what I am doing at the time. Its voicings are altered slightly. First may we suggest that you set the amplifier up on something so that you can get to the tubes comfortably without having to bend. I have a 40 watt Pro Reverb with 80 watt Celestions that cut through anything. True, I always carried it around in a road case, but other than occasionally one of the pull-knobs getting pushed in during transit which I quickly figured out , it was tweak free.
More up would be more for single note stuff and rhythm work. I could usually make everyting in one trip, as I had two guits slung over my back and just pushed everything else, being careful with the cracks in the cement learned the hard way on that! The power cord supplied with your unit should be used whenever possible as we chose it for its snug fit. This resulted in the first pot being labelled with Volume 1 in instead of the later Volume label. I liked it almost as much as my Morgan, and it sounded better than any Boogie I'd played. Much like its close cousin, the Triaxis Preamp, it features many voicings based on previous Mark Series amplifiers. That way, stage volume isn't even an issue.Next
I feel like I'm playing through a Champ amp! I hear you and won't try to change your mind, but you might be surprised that in some scenarios at least rolling in a cab with a head on top and my gig bag on top of that was just as easy or easier than carrying in a combo. Then you start adding stacks and half stacks. Hey what is the deal with Boogies and power tubes. Mesa Boogie amplifiers are difficult to determine the age of, compared with other brands. The reverb modification involved resistor swaps and a change in ground lead placement.
Sure enough, pushing in the Lead Presence adds more chunk, but I find that works best at very low volumes. I played an Express 5:50+ yesterday and was very impressed. Some disagree but as a Mark V owner I can't say that it has been challenged as my main amp since getting it. Not only did they have a revised lead channel that issues delectably creamy, bright, high-gain lead tones, but their cleans were often hailed as sweet and superior, too. Can one get the Fender clean sound from the clean channel on this amp? These setting are far from anything in stone. Rest assured - this is no cause for alarm and you can take care of the problem yourself in a matter of minutes by simply swapping tubes.Next
I don't want to blow the world away--I just want cleans that stay clean in these ridiculous loud environments. As far as I am concerned you can do about anything else. The cleans sound great, but are not the best. I run it at in the middle of the middle line and the bottom. I play in a classic rock band and several venues use giant sub-woofers that flood the stage with huge low end. Lance brought over his Deluxe Reverb and I couldn't get that sound out of my head.Next
Of course, you might look a little ridiculous if it's a coffee house gig or something like that! I like my 5:25 that I have now much better. Richards ended up using the amp for the show as one of six , and the Stones, over the years, received and paid for over forty of Smith's amps. I found a few great sounds I had never used before. Please treat it with respect and operate it properly. The best is don't adjust the amp like a Marshall. Plus the boost and eq features.Next