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NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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Picked this up today. Older model but has some pretty nice features: https://mesaboogie.com/support/out-of-p ... eries.html

Fired it up with the Tele. REALLY like the clean tones on this - heaps of headroom, does the Fender-y thing well even at low volumes.

Drive channel - sounds awesome but not at low volumes. With the gain and master down it almost sounds like a preamp tube is on the way out - gave them a tap with a pencil and non are microphonic but might find a spare and swap them out one at a time.
But with a bit of volume behind it sounds absolutely killer. Real bummer I can’t crank it at home (upstairs neighbours) but am itching to take it to the practise room and turn it up.
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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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Those are awesome amps. I bought one when they first came out. Great clean tone, as you say.

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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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Nice! I had the head and matching 4x10

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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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Kris wrote: Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:52 pm Nice! I had the head and matching 4x10
How did you like the sound of the 4 x 10?
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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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RobRoyMcCoy wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:29 pm
Kris wrote: Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:52 pm Nice! I had the head and matching 4x10
How did you like the sound of the 4 x 10?
love 4x10's-this one was half open which im not such a fan of-had the marshall.........1965? which was sicker than an ebola/typhus cocktail

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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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point of interest ...
Ive still got a Express 50 , 1 x 12 sitting in the closet gathering dust. Any offers considered - no rush to sell as such but Id rather see it used.
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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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Googling those now, is it Express 5:50 like this?
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... ack-grille

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HackSaw wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:07 pm Googling those now, is it Express 5:50 like this?
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... ack-grille
That's the plus version which addressed customer feedback of the non-plus model. Not sure what Lawrence has in his closet mind you.

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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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Took the combo to a practise room so I could properly crank it and A/B test it with the Iridium, which I’ve been using for the last few months.

I love the convenience of the Iridium and being able to practise through headphones but man the F-50 just sounds exactly how I want it to….guessing I could get the Iridium sounding better if I was using a better powered speaker etc. but there’s something so satisfying about getting some tubes hot and letting rip.

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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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HackSaw wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:07 pm Googling those now, is it Express 5:50 like this?
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... ack-grille
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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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Jake wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 11:01 pm Took the combo to a practise room so I could properly crank it and A/B test it with the Iridium, which I’ve been using for the last few months.

I love the convenience of the Iridium and being able to practise through headphones but man the F-50 just sounds exactly how I want it to….guessing I could get the Iridium sounding better if I was using a better powered speaker etc. but there’s something so satisfying about getting some tubes hot and letting rip.
I agree. Its just the way tube amps cut through too. They have a presence and punch that most modelers cannot replicate. My Fm3 however has an excellent sound going through the PA which actually is pretty difficult to replicate when mic'ing a cab.

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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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Jake wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 11:01 pm Took the combo to a practise room so I could properly crank it and A/B test it with the Iridium, which I’ve been using for the last few months.

I love the convenience of the Iridium and being able to practise through headphones but man the F-50 just sounds exactly how I want it to….guessing I could get the Iridium sounding better if I was using a better powered speaker etc. but there’s something so satisfying about getting some tubes hot and letting rip.
You should try running the Iridium into the effects loop, with the pedals power amp and speaker modelling turned off. That'd be an interesting test.

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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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There's nothing quite like a power amp pushing speakers, and I'm a big fan of modelling gear. I've run the Iridium through my Marshalls effects return with cab modelling off and it does sounds really good.

I'd love a nice Mesa 1x12 to play in stereo with my Marshall but that's probably never gonna happen haha.
Loving it so far

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Re: NAD: Mesa Boogie F-50

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There's an F-30 on trade me atm, I'm guessing that's priced quite a bit higher than what most would expect to pay?
Loving it so far

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