So there I am, thinking about how to spend my company bonus that I'll get in about 6 months, with thoughts of Mark V's dancing in my head. I was thinking about how to run the channel switching with effects, getting a midi router thing, and it hits me. The TriAxis has always been the super-midi-cool Mark preamp. Why not just get one of those?
I always considered one, but always wanted the head, for simplicity. But, I love the G-Major, and won't even plug in my EpiVJ into the wall. Always go through the Furman. So, I'll always have some sort of rack system. I figure, why bother with doing a head + rack thing, and just do it all in one rack?
Plus, the Mark V has tons of options that aren't foot-switchable. I'm more-and-more thinking that they kinda missed the boat on designing that with ONLY faceplate switches.
I too think Mesa is somewhat missing the boat with their new designs . Lots of extra plumbing in the amps that don't really enhance anything. But the bottom line is tone and feel .
I still have a triaxis, Mark 3 , Mark 4, Quad preamp and 50/50 power amp .
The triaxis is still cool but is fairly compressed in feel and sound. I did a few tweaks to minimize that with mine. Their is an op amp that can be changed to improve the response and the mod should be up on the Boogie Board forum. it's also important to not run the gain or dynamic voice too hard on those but you should push the mids and treble quite a bit.
The Mark 5 head will sound less compressed and definitely offers more of a mid gain tone than the triaxis does. The triaxis is only hurting in the mid gain department but does a nice clean and respectable high gain rhythm and lead tone.