I've decided to sell my Mesa Quad preamp. It works great and has killer tones, but just not the kind of tones I'm looking for these days as a fusion geek. I've got a CAE 3+SE on the way, and some things need to start leaving my studio to help pay for it.
Anyway, this is essentially the preamps of a Mesa Mk. IIC and Mk III fused together into one unit. You've got four channels to choose from, though the clean and lead channels on each half of the Quad share controls, making it more of a "2 1/2" channel amp in my mind. Both halves sound quite different from each other, and the variety of tones you can achieve is mind-boggling. Mesa Marks are legendarily difficult to set up because of the unusual and interactive controls, but I was able to get Santana and Metallica dialed in pretty much within minutes of hooking it up. Lukather or Ohm-era Chris Poland? Not so much. Hence the CAE on its way to me now. But for the tightest, most crushing metal tones, I greatly prefer this to the Rectos I've played, and it's a real top-notch piece of gear.
It's got 20+ years of rack wear, as you'd expect. Everything still works great, though, and the previous owner had it serviced and retubed, so there should be no looming issues. Most importantly, it comes with the FU-2 footswitch and cable. You cannot switch channels on face of the Quad itself, so you really need the FU-2 for it unless you use one of those fancy-pants MIDI switchers with the 1/4" outputs (no built-in MIDI on the Quad).
I'm asking $650 + shipping, which I think is a very fair price for this.
Note that the pile of power amps on top of the Quad is also for sale in a separate listing. I'm just moving all kinds of stuff!
Please don't make me go to eBay.
The Quad is sold, pending payment.