While I was happy with my Marshall 9200/DT 2120 sound, I found myself wanting a more raw, brutal, sound. I have no need for all the effects, bells and whistles that the 2120 has, nor will I ever be competent enough to use them all proficiently, lol! After much research I ordered a Mesa Boogie Simul-Class 2:90 power amp and a Mesa Boogie Rectifier Recording pre amp from a local mom&pop shop, the only Boogie dealer in our state. I was told to expect a 60-90 day wait, no problem, I'm patient, got a good rig already so let the waiting begin. Last Friday(day 89, but who's counting, lol!) I finally got the call and took off on the 2 hour drive to the store. I spent Friday night re-wiring speaker cabs to match the Boogie and getting stuff mounted in my rack. Saturday was dial-in day, I still have a ways to go, but at this point, holy fuck there are not enough expletives to describe the sound and I still haven't turned it up past 2 yet, absolutely insane
The heart of my rig-
added some some refinements I had lying around-
I should add that I didn't buy the Recto Recording for it's direct recording capabilities, I'll use that for basic recording so I don't forget what I'm writing. Any serious recording will be done mic'ing my cabs. The live side of the pre-amp is nothing short of pure brutality. It does exactly what I need, no more. Each mode, raw, vintage, and modern, is amazing in it's own right and provides all the flexibility I should ever need. What little experimenting I've done so far with the clean channel is impressive.
The 2:90 is an absolute monster, add the 3 different voicings, 1/2, modern, deep, and the ability to stack them, you have a machine capable ripping the heads off elephants and igniting them. I do want to try adding a boost in front for just a bit more, but that can wait a bit, I've got a bit more dialing in to do
While I would like to add a sound clip, I do not have the capability or ability to do that just yet.
Damn dude! How does it sound compared to a Recto Head?