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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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deciding on an amp

Hey guys. I just cannot make up my mind. I know that you get what you pay for but I would like to try and find somthing I am going to be happy with till I can afford a Mesa. I am considering 3 amps and I may be way off. A Crate MX120R 212 Combo, some type of peavey, or Marshall MG30DFX. I only have about 300 or so to spend and I need something that I can feel like I didn't waste my money. I think I am going to go used since it is easier to trade in and move up. I am into DT so I know I like the Mesa sound and I know a solid state isnt going to come close. Just looking on sone insights. I may want to gig with it but mostly for my personal experience at home. But, if I am going to waste 300 bucks on a solid state should I just wait and save up? Thanks for your time guys.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 01:46 PM
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I would go for the good old bulldog - the marshall MG30DFX, I think they are great for the price.... and you should have quite a lot to spare
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 04:02 PM
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One option would be for you to spend the money on a POD or something like that. If you play live, you could just run direct to the PA and make use of it that way. Once you get the Mesa, the POD will still be an invaluable tool for use in recording and practicing, plus it's portable and can go with you just about anywhere. You obviously have a computer and the POD would be great to plug into your soundcard and record with, get ideas down or work on soloing over that tricky chord progression. I've got a mesa but I use my POD Pro every single day for practicing and what not. I'll never get rid of it, it is a great tool to have at my disposal and it sounds fantastic. I only use the mesa for gigs, in between all my work is done on the POD Pro. Simple and effective for my needs.

If you dump the cash on another cheap amp, once you get the mesa you're left with a cheap amp you can't really use doesn't provide you with any real value. Just another perspective.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 04:39 PM
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I'm with Gresh on that one
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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I only have 2-300 bucks to spend at the moment.....right now I am pluggin into my computer dry at the moment.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 09:38 PM
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I've been using the MG50DFX and so far I have no complains. If you haven't the actual cash to spare why not try one of those. Its onboard DFX is pretty sufficient for me and with some other stompboxes its able to cover most of my needs; bedroom practice and occasional gigging ;-)
hope this helps.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-18-2003, 10:26 PM
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My advice is to get a 60 or 100 watt Carvin X-amp tube combo. You can find them for $250 - $300 - depending upon condition. They have a nice distortion - similar to a JCM800. The clean sound is the best I've ever heard coming from any amp under $1000.

There are a couple on an auction site at the moment.

I've been using one since 1986 and it's only been to the shop once for anything other than routine maintenance.
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