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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:08 am    Post subject: NAD: poop-brown Boogie clone from the 1980 Reply with quote

Acoustic 16X series amps are near-clones of the Mesa Boogie Mark II. I want a Mark II. I got an Acoustic 160. :)

Click for gigantic.

Oh lordy.


Oh god.


ALSO IT'S 51 POUNDS


Well there's wood, so maybe...


Wait


Oh


Uh


WELP


Well maybe the back...

lol

nope


Haven't had a chance to test it yet. I guess I should try to get a partial discount on account of the spectacularly shitty packaging causing damage to the amp. Ugh. :\
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's even uglier IRL, btw.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to test the Acoustic by playing it through my Frontman's mighty 10" speaker, but first I need to solder up a speaker-cable-to-quick-connect-thingies adapter. Watch this space.

I had my skatecaster ready to go and everything.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really cool. Is there a reverb tank in there?

The back panel was prolly screwed up before they sent it. That screw thing was stupid though.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love it!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. It really does look huge, like novelty inflatable huge. Where the Mesas as big as that? I think it's cool.

Also, it looks to have an insane amount of options and control. Am interested.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks amazing but seriously, FUCK the guy who packed that thing. Fucking clownshoes.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fakir Mustache wrote:
Really cool. Is there a reverb tank in there?

The back panel was prolly screwed up before they sent it. That screw thing was stupid though.


Reverb: yeah there's a honkin' huge one in the bottom. Back panel was doubtlessly janky before; it's about as stiff as soggy cardboard.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus wrote:
Nice. It really does look huge, like novelty inflatable huge. Where the Mesas as big as that? I think it's cool.

Also, it looks to have an insane amount of options and control. Am interested.


They are truly gigantic and far heavier than they look, somehow. I had a Mesa F50, it was just as wide and deep, but combo-height, and 60 pounds (~27.2 kg) instead of this ones purported 44 (~19.96). As a 1x12.

edit: many of the earlier Marks were ~2 inches narrower.

The transformers are gargantuan, and must be made of pure, concentrated neutron stars:


All of that weight is awkward, too. My back still hurts. :\
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul_ wrote:
Looks amazing but seriously, FUCK the guy who packed that thing. Fucking clownshoes.


Dude for real. I'm glad it didn't get rained on. Bleh.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried it out! It sounds pretty great to my terrible ears. Bass is pretty flubby with all controls at noon, as could be expected. 60 watt mode was perfect in both tube and FET modes. 100w mode introduced an ever-loudening hum that might have had some connection to a neon-orange-glowing power tube. I cut power before anything exploded or melted (as far as I can tell) and I'm letting everything cool down before I dive back in. I'm guessing I just didn't seat the tube properly, but we'll see.

Test setup, pro as fuck:


Probably rated for 100 watts, probably:


I am now tempted to build a comically large, 50 pound 1x10 combo.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make a 200lbs 2x12. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Make a 200lbs 2x12. Very Happy


More like 90 and my back/everything hurts just thinking about moving it, with and without casters.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would just be miniature versions of the tour setup, right? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I re-sat all of the tubes, and the hum is gone, but this is still happening:



I guess I have to research this now. bleh.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Internet literature/hivemind seems to think it's just a bad tube, which I accept. I suppose I could swap the tubes around to see if it glows in other positions. Whatever the case, I don't even really need to replace the bad tube yet, seeing as how 60 watts is more than enough (for now!).
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grant wrote:
tube and FET modes.


What is this? It's switchable between valve or solid state?


Grant wrote:
I am now tempted to build a comically large, 50 pound 1x10 combo.


415 ftw.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grant wrote:


Probably rated for 100 watts, probably:



Laughing

Poor little guy. I trust at least you're matching impedance???

I guess this isn't The Final Form, but watch out for that jack shorting-out on the speaker magnet; seems like it could be bad times for your new amp, rinkydink speaker or both
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jebus how much did it cost to ship
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus wrote:
Grant wrote:
tube and FET modes.


What is this? It's switchable between valve or solid state?


Yep! The (earlier?) Mark IIs were the same. Kind of neat, I think.


Bacchus wrote:
Grant wrote:
I am now tempted to build a comically large, 50 pound 1x10 combo.


415 ftw.

ARGH.
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