Re: John Petrucci's sound
Wow, having tried all three versions of the Nomad, I thought they were one of the worst amps Mesa ever made. Of course, I was trying to get a very METAL tone. I thought the Nomad would be decent for classic rock, but it was missing about 80% more gain and distortion to do metal. I've heard a couple guy's Nomad clips around the various forums and they all sound the same. Some claim to get an Images and Words sound with the Nomad. I'm not sure what version of I&W they are comparing to, but it didn't sound even close to MY ears. Of course, YMMV. I'm using a Triaxis, Mesa 20/20 and a Vertical Recto 2x12 for my setup. Compared them side by side to the Nomad and it was NO CONTEST. The Triaxis ate it alive, even the 100Watt Nomad. Then again, it was at Guitar Center, so maybe the Nomad's tubes or something were shot.
PS - What's up Paul? How are the internet lessons going?