I looked at a few, The Triple Rec. I was looking at and The newest Hughes& Kettner
Where Obtained: Showcase music
The Mesa Dual Rec. has alot of versatility with having 2 gain channels, it really helps out in the studio and definately live
I play heavier melodic rock and the amp does very well
Heavy as HELL, ver durable
This amp is simply FANTASTIC
! I really looked long and hard at the Fender Cyber-Twin, but in the end I chose the Boogie. The tone was simply unbelievable. I would definately buy another one if it were lost or stolen. The one thing I don't like about the amp is the slight loss of power that occurs when you use the effects loop. This causes you to have to dial everything back up using the MIX Controls in the LOOP and re-adjust the Master volumes. I feel the three channels and eight modes are the best feature, followed closly by the programmable and assignable EFFECTS LOOP.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $1499.00 (new)
Where Obtained: RIT Drums and Guitars
This Dual Rectifer Solo Head has 100 Watts of all tube power. It has three channels. The first channel is the clean channel which also has two modes (CLEAN and PUSHED). The other two channels are gain channels which have three modes each (RAW, VINTAGE, and MODERN). Thats a total of EIGHT Modes across three channels.
It comes with a five button footswitch that is built like a tank. The five buttons control the three channels, the Solo control and the FX control. The buttons have also been spaced further apart to prevent you from stepping on two channels at once.
It has a fully programmable EFFECTS LOOP. This loop is wired in parallel to the dry signal of the amp and has six changable elements. The FIRST is the ASSIGN rotary dial. This allows you to have any combination of LOOP ON status or completely remove it from the signal path altogether. The SECOND is the SEND LEVEL Control that allows the matching of levels between the output of the Dual Rectifier and your effects processor. The THIRD is a EFFECTS MIX Control that allows a blend of dry and wet signals between 10% and 100%. The FOURTH and FIFTH are the SEND and RETURN jacks. Both are mixed with the MIX Control. And the SIXTH and final is the OUTPUT Control that is located on the front panel. This doubles as an overall control for the whole amplifier.
This amp is rated at 100 Watts of Class A/B power. There is plenty of headroom with this amp. VERY LOUD!
Here is more of what this amp has to offer. This amp also has a "BIAS" switch that will allow you to swap the stock 6L6 tubes for EL34's without having the amp "re-BIASED". It lets you control the A.C. Voltage with a built-in VARIAC SWITCH to be tight and BOLD or brown and SPONGY. You can also switch from Vacuum Tube (Normal) to Silcon Diodes (Hi Power) using the Rectifier toggle switch located on the rear.
I use both a Jackson Professional and a Gibson Les Paul with the amp. I mostly play hard rock and metal. This amp is very well suited for both. The new "RAW" mode does a fantastic job of obtaining a smooth Blues sound. The clean channel is suprisingly clean, even at higher volumes. Flip the clean channel to PUSHED and you get a great dirty sound that can be used for both the Blues or a Solo. I played many amps before buying this one. It just crushed everything out there. It oozes tone. The gain channels are by far the best. This is the best distorted gain that I've ever heard.
This amp is NOT digitally programmable. It does have three fully programmable channels with their own EQ and Master volume controls. I feel you can get a great tone rather quickly with this amp, but I would suggest you spend some time with it and get to know it better. I feel this amp has endless possibilities with different tones.
Built like a tank! It's made with 14 ply birch plywood and weighs 50 lbs. and its just a head. I haven't had it long enough to say how reliable it is or how frequent it will need re-tubing.