Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Cincinnati, OH USA
Re: Bye, bye recto
One thing that may help us a bit... how much are you looking to spend?
I know, for example, that you could sell a Rectoverb and have enough money to get a used Nomad, which is an extremely toneful and versatile amp. A used Mark IV would set you back a little more. Having owned a Rectoverb, a Nomad 45, and a Mark IV, I do believe that both the latter two are more versatile than the Recto. While some people are not big fans of the tone (i.e., try before you buy), Marshall TSL combos can be extremely good values used as well, and are pretty versatile. And having recently played a JSX, I think it's got killer tone and versatility for the money as well.
Since a couple folks have mentioned it here, I'd also have a hard time not recommending the Randall MTS amps. I own 3 of 'em (a rack rig, a 100w 2x12 combo, and a 15w 1x12 combo), and they are amazing. I know lots of people are scared by the Randall name, but these were designed by Bruce Egnater and use a lot of the same circuitry that's in his M4 and M100 amps. You could chose a 2 or 3 channel amp, load it up with the modules of your choice, and basically have a "custom" amp. For example, I use Blackface (Fender Twin), Brown (modded Plexi), Recto (self-explanatory) and Ultra Lead (think Soldano) modules in my 4-channel preamp. I use JTM45, SL+ (Marshall JCM800), and XTC (Bogner) modules in my 100w combo. I generally use either a Plexi or Top Boost module in my 15w combo. Any day of the week that I need a different tone, I can swap modules (there are, I believe, 14 modules to choose from now).
If you're in doubt about the Randall, think about it this way... I had half a dozen amps around (Fender DR, Marshall TSL, Egnater TOL, Rectoverb, Mark IV, Nomad) and ended up selling all of them because the Randall MTS amps sounded so great.
Last edited by bduersch; 09-30-2005 at 09:43 AM.