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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-29-2006, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

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+
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-29-2006, 07:21 AM
 
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Re: Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

Its like the whole JEM thing. You pay 300 for a 550, or 1200 for a JEM, and is it really worth the difference? Well, there isn't 900 quality difference, but there is a certain quality difference. 550s are fantastic, but JEMs are the creme de la creme. Same with the cabs. If it matters that much to you, go for the Mesa. However, if you're not completely anal about tone go with the Marshall. For what it's worth, I've got a 1x12 Marshall extension cab and the sound is truly amazing. I'd definitely go with the Marshall.
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Re: Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

Mesa cabs are definitely overpriced...
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Re: Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

+1. Mesa cabs are over priced to say the least.
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Re: Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

look at avatarspeakers.com

cheap cheap cabs
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Re: Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

I have had both Marshall 1960b and Mesa standard recto cabs. The Mesa has better bottom end and thump, where as the Marshall has a very crisp top, but not the same thump factor.

If it was me I would get a 112 boogie Thiele cab, or 2 cabs. The Thiele cabs are the best sounding cabs that I have ever heard. You get the crisp top, ample mids and tremendous bass response out of these things. My Mark IV head and 2 Thiele 112s sound huge!! Way better than a Recto or 1960b 412. Check it out.
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look at avatarspeakers.com

cheap cheap cabs
Cheap is not always better though...
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Cheap is not always better though...

seems everybody loves the avatar cabs around here though.
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seems everybody loves the avatar cabs around here though.

avatar cabs are the way to go , they are very nice and veryy reasonable priced .

they get my vote . If you want a v-30 loaded cab you can somtimes pickup used carvin legacy cabs cheap assuming your close to the seller .
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Re: Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

I paid the same price as those avatar 2x12, for my legacy cab and it rocks..
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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.
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Re: Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

I dont think MESA cabs are over priced. u get what u pay for sometimes man... MESA is the best of the best ;] I especially digg their oversized cabs, they rock!

if u rock a MESA head, u dont need a MESA cab.. but ull definately want something with V-30s in it or another speaker that is designed to work well with a tube amp and not modeling.
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Re: Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

Anyone know if the standard Carvin cabs are any good?

I was looking at getting a Dual Recto, but cant really afford another Mesa amp to go with it, was wondering what might be the best cheaper alternative to go with?
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Re: Are Mesa cabs worth the cash?

Mesa's are overpriced in Europe. Just like ENGL, Diezel, & even Marshall is overpriced in the US. Look into getting a Marshall Mode Four Straight Cab (the one with the 70 watt speakers in it). It is a GREAT cab and should be cheap for you over there. It is comparable to the Rectifier (oversized) straight cab.
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Mesa's are overpriced in Europe. Just like ENGL, Diezel, & even Marshall is overpriced in the US. Look into getting a Marshall Mode Four Straight Cab (the one with the 70 watt speakers in it). It is a GREAT cab and should be cheap for you over there. It is comparable to the Rectifier (oversized) straight cab.
+1, exactly what I was gonna say. Mesa prices (whenever I have looked around) have always seemed cheaper in the US. But in Europe, Mesa prices are way OTT, for me anyway.

But I have always liked any Marshall cab really. You just always know where you are with a Marshall cab. I know some people have had reliability gripes as of late with them, but I still think they are solid. I have tried the original Behringer 4x12 cabs too, and they were great. Laney are great for the money too, especially in the UK.
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