Originally Posted by NNS
If I get a Mesa head, I'm wondering whether to use a Mesa cab as well. Mesas are majorly exensive, and I'm wondering whether they rally are worth all they are said to be? I'm thinking perhaps of Marshall instead, at only £350 ish, as opposed to £800+
the only answer really is in the form of a question, which is "what kind of tone and directionality are you looking for ?
Mesa doesn't use any dampening in the Recto cabs. Dampening is actually important for some things. And dampening is used to tune the sound of the cab, not to dampen the volume or tone.
So with Recto cabs, you get alot of botom end and alot of low midrange which is wht Mesa kind of wants. The problem is that with so much boom coming out of the cabs, you can easily get low end mud, esxpecially with something like a Recto that already puts out tons of low end.
So the Mesa cabs aren't worth the money if they don't shape your amp's tone the way you want. If you prefer the the crisper sound of a Marshall cab,then that would be the way to go
Some really expensive cabs that sound really great are CAA from Suhr, THD, and Bogner. These are all expensive cabinets that have goine through alot of R and D to acheive a certain sound. If you put a V30 loaded Bogner 4x12 up against a Mesa Recto 4x12, I think you'll hear that the Bogner has more definition everywhere and a quicker low end. To me , that makes for a better sound but for some guys, the Recto type of sound is better.