A while ago, my stepdad picked up a few small amps to try to find something he could crank at a low volume, including a Jet City 20w combo, an Egnater Rebel 30 combo, and this Mesa F-30 head. Long story short, he loves the Egnater and the Jet City, but found the Mesa to be too "modern" and "gainy." So, when I was moving into my place, he hid it in my pile of boxes and I didn't find it until after he left. Thanks, Rick!
Without further ado, my new F-30 short head (isn't it cute?):
With everything else:
So far, I've only been able to run it into the speaker in my Budda combo. It's definitely a dramatically different flavor than my Superdrive; a lot drier, tighter, and a little more "cold" and "punchy." It doesn't "sing" like the Superdrive does on bridge pickup leads and it isn't quite as responsive to volume knob shenanigans, but pulls a very Petrucci-esque vibe with a neck humbucker and roars with a very authoritative modern rhythm tone. It's got a lot of Recto genes definitely, but it smooths out pretty nicely too and the cleans have an absolutely amazing sparkle with the drive low.
It almost sounds more like a 6L6-powered amp than an EL84-driven one, but it's got a lot of balls and some great chime on the cleans. The mids are concentrated a little higher, which is a little unexpected from something that sounds this Recto-y, but it's a really cool sound and very chunky, especially on the slightly Roger-approved Contour channel.
I'm definitely impressed, and thankful. Now, someday I will have to find one of those EVM12L-equipped Thiele cabs, and then the ABY box my stepdad left with the amp will let me blend the two amps to my heart's content!