J.P.'s Gear Review v2.0 - Ep. 11 - Mesa Engineering M6 Carbine bass amp head and Ampeg PN-115HLF speaker cabinet
It seems that every year, around the end of July, I end up making a ridiculous purchase. This year is no exception. It all started by trying out a used bass cab at Long & McQuade on an all-tube amp head, which left me with more questions than answers. That little experience sent me on a quest to find the ideal amp and cab combo for my use-case: playing in front of a large audience (the cat) in a gigantic venue (my office).
For the inquiring minds, the manatee on top of the stack is named Manny the Manatee and no, the delay was not part of the deal (I already owned it).
- Not take that much real-estate
- Be more powerful than my practice amp
- Have lots of headroom
- Be easy to tone-shape
- Have a tube preamp
- Must be able to get vintage and modern sounds
- Have an effects loop
- Have a post-preamp DI out
The speaker cabinet
|The cabinet in all its glory!|
|His whiskers be flappin' in the breeze!|
|The paint is very thin, and chips where it was banged up.|
The amplifier head
Option 1: Mesa Subway D-800
Option 2 (the winning one): Mesa M6 Carbine
|Manny The Manatee made a new friend: Mini Manny. Also pictured are the MXR M-175 rackmount delay, and the JHS Little Black Amp Box volume control.|
- Fairly extreme Mid cut centered at 540Hz. Excellent for dramatic thumbing/slapping styles or smooth chording.
- Gentle scooping of Midrange also centered at 540Hz. Great for R & B and anytime you want to tastefully widen a sound.
- Voice feature bypassed (Flat with Tone controls set at 12:00)
- Midrange boost centered at 370Hz. Good choice for articulate finger style playing. Tracks your playing with articulation and enhanced definition.
- Low Mid boost centered at 170Hz. Great for enhancing low mids. Works well for classic Blues or Reggae finger style work.
|Look at that rust on the ¼" jacks...|
|Top side has some scratches, but it's supposed to be hidden in a rack enclosure anyways.|
Ampeg Portaflex PF50T with Ampeg PF115HE cab
Traynor YBA-100, YBA-200, YBA-300, and Traynor cabs
- the weight
- the space they use
- the heat they produce
- the sheer amount of tubes they crammed in them