Just bought a TC-50

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  1. sevenfoxes

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    It should arrive this week. What can/should I expect? Any tips on getting the most out of it?
     
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    They're actually about as straightforward as you're going to get Mesa. Put everything at 12, flick the Tight switches on and off til you figure out which you like better and then tweak the knobs from there.

    I think @JD27 has one, so he'll probably be more help.
     
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    They are super straight forward for a Mesa. My favorite too, that's why I sold my others off. Pretty much set everything at 12 and adjust to taste. The tight switch alters the voicing, so you get a lot of mileage out of the 3 channels. With them engaged on Channel 2/3, you probably don't need an OD. I usually run them off on 2/3 with a HD Precision Drive and an Orange Two Stroke. I also have used both EL34s and 6L6s. The EL34s to me make it more edgy with rawness and aggression, the 6L6s a little fatter and rounded in tone. I'm going to switch back to the EL34s when I get around to that. I think I just like those better in amps anyway. I like my 5153 EL34 over the 6L6 version I had and I loved my DD50 too. Also found it interesting that Willie Adler had been using the TC-100 prototype for a few years.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Would you say "Recto meets Mark" is a good description of the sound?
     
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    I keep hearing that, and it makes me want one.

    I saw that recent Mesa video where he demos the TC-100, and the way the mix was done in that video is kinda awkward- does a bit of a bad job of selling the sound.
     
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    I also saw the video with Willie demoing the TC100. Thought it was pretty interesting, since LOG has been pretty into the Mark series for awhile now and that's kinda "their sound" to me.
     
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    Thanks for the info! I'm hoping the TC will replace my 5153 50w.
     
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    Why did you get rid of the Dual Dark?
     
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    That may sell it a bit short, because I do think it has it's own place among the Mesa's, more than the previous EL34 offerings did anyway. It does sort of sit in between, depending on how you set it up, you can get it closer to either end of that spectrum. More bottom end then a Mark V and tighter than a Rectifier.

    Yeah, wish we could have heard more from him playing. Seemed more like a promo video that Willie also has one.

    It is interesting, I wonder if he used it at all on the last album or just touring. He also uses a five band EQ and a Grid Slammer. I was able to use his settings and add the Mesa EQ from my Helix with an OD into the TC-50 and it indeed produced a LOG'ish tone. They may still blend it with others, I know he said it was his "A" amp in the rig. I know Mark has been using the Mark IVs and Royal Atlantic together for a while now. Maybe Willie is doing something similar.
     
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    It was a victim of the money pit, aka, my home. I liked that one quite a bit too, one day I will get another Orange I am sure.
     
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    I am considering doing the same. I love my Dual Rec and my Orange, and have been craving a Mark. The TC50 may suit me more.
     
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    This one is probably the best playthrough demo I have seen for the TC. I think they have one with 6L6s too.

     
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    I almost pulled the trigger on a reborn recto, but a good deal for the TC came up. Had to snag it.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Goddammit, I WAS gonna get a Mark III/IV.

    :rofl:

    I can really hear a Mark 4-ish sound with the chuggyness of a Recto. Just much tighter.
     
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    Gassing for a TC too. Im hoping it would sound like a Recto, a mark, and 5153 EL34. lol
     
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    Best of all worlds, right?
     
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    I tried one but at really low store volumes. Would like to hear it wide open. Betting the 5153 would still be brighter.
     
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    What was it like at those low volumes?
     
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    Holy GAS!
    Now I'm torn between this and the Archon
     
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    I found it still had just a tiny bit of that mesa low-midrange honk you can hear from mesa rectos but it was definitely tighter sounding and easier to dial in. I remember the head was pretty lightweight too compared to other 100watt heads. The tight switch was pretty much required at all times when I played one at a music store; it gets too saggy/loose without it.
     

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