Played the Recto Roadster, Mark V, and Electrodyne.
The Mark V was what I was really after, as I was thinking of selling my DC-5 and going for that. However it left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. It has a lot of the same tones going on, but didn't feel as dynamic or thick. Sure, it's really versatile, and the clean and crunch channels have some great tones. But the lead channel was a bit disappointing. I've never had the opportunity to play a IIc+, but I have played a IV, and this just didn't sound as good as a IV in that particular mode.
The Roadster was nice, somewhat typical Recto sounds, but with a better clean channel and more versatility. Seemed a little tighter in the high gain tones too, which I liked.
The Electrodyne was the one that really impressed, and I wish they made it with a bit more flexibility. The cleans were warm and fat, and the gain tones were as well, without being too flubby. Really impressed.
I think what I may do is hold onto the DC-5 and just save up a bit more and add on a Dyne or LoneStar Special instead of replacing the DC.
Hopefully Mesa does something with a "Rev B" Mark V and improves upon it, because there's just something lost in it. I shouldn't prefer my 16 or 17 year old "low end" amp over it; but I do.
Jeff, you are pretty much echoing my complaints with the Mark V. I just don't think it is quite there yet, but I am hopeful, since Mesa is a company that listens to the customer. I remember the Stiletto getting torn apart by a lot of guys, and was followed up with a Stiletto II just a few years later.