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    Mesa F-50 combo

    In a bit I'm running into town to check out a used Mesa F-50 1x12 combo. It's going for about $650(going to offer less, of course ). It's got the cover, footswitch, etc. I've been searching for something small and portable for recording and gigs. Since we always play where the sound is more than enough, I thought one of these might be kind of handy. Plus, I can use it at home and not blow the windows out.
    Any thoughts on these? I've played an F-100 years ago... how do these compare? How do they compare to the F-30?

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    I really like the F-30, but then again, i have a tendency to like EL-84 power sections. If the F-50 is anything like the F-30, it's going to have awesome tone and will be capable of getting VERY loud.

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    To an F-100, they're very similar. To an F-30, the midrange character is significantly different, but that is the difference in the EL family verses the 6x6 family.
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    How so with the midrange? I'm the kind of guy that really likes mids.

    And do the combos have an ext. speaker out? I'd like to eventually snag one of those Thiele 1x12 cabs.

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    The 6x6 family is a bit more scooped sounding, while the EL family has more of a pronounced upper-mid bite. So, ask yourself if you like EL-34 or 6L6 amps better, as that will give you a good idea.

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    My experience with EL84s is in that they're kind of between EL34s and 6x6s, but closer to the EL34s.

    Graphically:

    EL34<------>EL84<------------------>6x6

    But, my amp experience is more limited than many here.
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    6L6's have more "oomph" right? If so, I'd probably sacrifice the extra mids for that.

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    And if I remember correctly, these amps are pretty high gain, right?

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