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gpuma    18

New Vintage Mesa Boogie cab day.

I have been looking for one of these for ages as they have all the features I want:

- Vertical 212, so I don't need to bend down to read the knobs

- lower half closed back ported with vintage EVM12 speaker

- Upper half open back with black shadow MC90

- Bad ass look.

 

These cabs are not easy to find as they are generally very well loved by their owner. I had a WTB thread here and on the boogie forum for some time with no success.

I was super happy when I finally spotted one on CL, I agreed on the price and everything and then the guy disappeared only to email me few days later saying that he was in Hawaii till the end of March. In the meanwhile he kept the CL ad on. Not cool. But right when I had lost my hope a guy from the boogie board contacted me, a personal friend of Randy himself from Petaluma, CA.

 

Super nice guy, who really tried to be helpful. Not the best packer in the world however as the cab suffered some slight damage because of poor packing. Not a big deal, I am so happy it is with me now.

Enough with the words...

 

 

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DOGBOY    1

Nice score Gio, bad ass is right what a cool industrial kind of look. Please give us a tone report when you get a chance to sit with this awhile, enjoy it.

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Vanschoyck    13

Looks like one I had; MKIII simul long chassis on top. It blew everything else away. Congratulations! It should sound really bad ass with your MK5. (Also enjoy moving it ; )

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Steiner    61

Cool! Congrats.

 

Is that the cab with a closed. ported bottom and and open back on the top?

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gpuma    18

Cool! Congrats.

 

Is that the cab with a closed. ported bottom and and open back on the top?

yes it is.

 

This is how it looks with my Mark V. I'll let the image speak:

 

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gpuma    18

I have a question:

The jack plate allows for each speaker to be connected individually in a stereo setting with two amps or for a mono connection with both speakers connected to the same amp.

Each speaker is 8 ohm, so plate calls for 4 ohm in the mono settings.

These are the original speakers, however the previous owner put 2 16 ohm speakers in and when he reinstalled the original speakers instead of wiring them in parallel for 4 ohm resistance, he wired them in series. Without even opening the half back I know that because I used a meter on the speaker cable and read 16 ohms.

 

Now, I could simply use the 8 ohm output of my amp and leave it like that with a safe impedance mismatch.

But my question is, what changes sonically? anything? Of course it is not a big deal to rewire, I am just curious to learn.

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I would unsolder the speakers and use alligator clips to test the series vs parallel set ups and see what sounds best, but 16 ohms would probably tame that big volume beast.

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Steiner    61

gpuma - It's safe to run a 16 ohm cab with the 8 ohm setting on the amp. There is a power loss when doing so. It won't give as much clean headroom so, if you run loud, you'll get breakup sooner. If you run the amp at lower volumes, you probably won't notice a difference.

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gpuma    18

FWIW, this cab has been featured on Guitar Player about a year ago, in the Dig My Rig Section

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