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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-20-2010, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

Hey guys. Need a bit of advice. Im looking to get a Mesa Triaxis + 2:90 rig. Now I know the American voltage is 120V and 60hz...


in Europe we have 220V and 50hz.


Can someone tell me if I'll have trouble getting the rig to work/work smoothly over here if I buy from the States?


MANY MANY MANY THANKS
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-20-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

Apparently some Mesa Boogies are built with dual power transformer setups. Do a search for Mesa Boogie convert 110V 220V, and hopefully you should be able to find some info on it.

I believe that it's typically a simple process for a qualified amp tech. Switch a wire or two, and add a new fuse. That's if your amp has the ability to do it.
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

you're a gent. might actually see if there is a Mesa tech around here that would be able to do the switch. I was hoping someone would know off the top of their heads through experience


Google search it is (:
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

seeing as you will be applying more voltage with less frequency, there's more than a good chance you'll kill the amp.
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

I've read across a number of forums that a transformer will do the trick nicely to alter it from 110V to 220V. The frequency apparently doesn't make all that much of a difference. I do know guys using 20/20s using transformers. I'd just like to see if anyone has any experience with both pre and poweramps being used on transformers.
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

If you use it with a transformer you should be fine.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-20-2010, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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fingers crossed.


the price of shipping is RIDICULOUS!!!
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

A step-down transformer will solve all your problems. I use one with my Mark IV (120v, Australian power is 240v), works perfectly fine, no noise or anything.
The 20/20 is the only current Mesa product with a multi-tap transformer from the factory, they just need a few wires changed around and you can use them without a step-down.
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

it seems a lot of people are using transformers with mesa gear. thats good to hear. thanks phil!
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

i have the same rig, Triaxis + Mesa 2:50, and I just bout a 1000W step-up transformer, which feeds teh Furman, and the latter feeds all the gear. That's it.
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

It's very common to use transformers on Mesa's here. The 60hz/50hz difference is nothing to be concern about. I'm getting a Dual Rectifier in a day or two, of course with a transformer
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-21-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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Re: US versus European POWER ISSUES!!

Everyone uses step-downs because Mesa's are so expensive everywhere but in the US, so they all buy from there!
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