Well, i've been talking up this amp for a while. I first tried one out a few years ago and loved the simplicity of the controls, the fantastic cleans, gritty Channel 2 and the fantastic near-Recto "chunk" i was able to get with the Contour mode kicked in. But since i'm mostly using modeling, i had to wrap my head around adapting to a different setup, and wasn't quite ready to take that plunge yet.
But with Organical currently in the studio, i'm suddenly finding my PowerBlock lacking somewhat. It's great for live use when i just need pure volume... it seems to be doing that pretty well. It's lightweight, and with most of my tones coming from my GT-6 anyway, it's doing great as a power amp into my Mesa Thiele 1x12 cab.
But we're taking a more organic, heavier approach with this record, and we've already been talking about renting some cool amps like a Tiny Terror to track guitars with. I was also looking at maybe getting an Egnater Rebel 20... but as much as i love these little EL-84 amps, i was really having a hard time with the idea of spending that much on a low-wattage amp and only have one channel and no effects loop (though the Egnater has a loop). These limitations would have limited its use to the studio only.
Anyway, i have a saved eBay search for Mesa F-30s, just to see if a clean one comes up for a good price. Lo and behold, a head come up earlier this week, with a starting bid of $550, and a BIN of $700. Cover, footswitch, used at home only as a practice amp, and it was re-tubed six months ago with JJs!
I sniped a bid just over $600, but there were no other bids. So i just snagged a pristine F-30 head for $550! Not the best price, but still quite a bit less than what they cost new, and less than what an Egnater Rebel or Orange Tiny Terror would have cost. I'm pretty excited... i loved the sound of the F-30 combo, and i think this is going to sound wicked going into my Thiele 1x12 cab.
I'll post more pics and possibly clips when it arrives. And i have a TS-ov-Chaos on the way as well... so it looks like my rig is about to get completely re-architected.
Nice! I can't wait to hear what you do with it, especially with the TSoC and the Intrepid.