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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / What do we think about the Mesa Boogie DC3?

Leftee
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Fear the Klinkhammer
Nov 15th, 2017 03:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

A nice one (1x12 combo) popped up on CL. Any experiences out here in FDP-ville?

I have never owned a MB. I’m tempted.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 05:46 AM, Nov 15th, 2017)

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Nov 15th, 2017 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've owned a couple of Boogies. They are built like tanks and are generally beasts in small packages. The DC3 is 50 watt I think. One downside is you have to buy matched sets of power tubes in the correct range as there is no bias adjustment. Used to have to go to Mesa to get tubes but now I think other sources can help you out.

Leftee
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Nov 15th, 2017 06:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

It’s 35w from a quad of EL84s.

Leftee
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Fear the Klinkhammer
Nov 15th, 2017 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think MB has a history of running EL 84s super-hot. So it pays to buy good sets and change often. That or tame the bias a touch.

reverend mikey
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Nov 15th, 2017 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I think MB has a history of running EL 84s super-hot. So it pays to buy good sets and change often."

Could be - I changed a duo of EL84's in my Express Plus recently after very light use for about 18 months - one of the two tubes had developed a nasty, intermittent crackle. New tubes, everything back to normal.

Great amp - but I have it on consignment as I'm pretty well served by the Katana 100.

Leftee
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Fear the Klinkhammer
Nov 15th, 2017 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a broken Rocket 44 a few years ago on CL. The opt was toast. Other guy ran it into the ground on the stock tubes (EL84s).

I sold the chassis as-is on eBay and used the cab as a 1x12 extension cab. I still have it, as a matter of fact.

Leftee
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Fear the Klinkhammer
Nov 15th, 2017 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

So I’ve never owned a working MB. LOL

tepperson

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... LIKE THE DESIGN?!
Nov 16th, 2017 04:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had a couple of Boogies, but not a DC3. My amp guy hates them because of all of the switching, ribbon connectors etc., so they can be a bear to troubleshoot and fix, depending on the model.

Jhawkr nails the "built like tanks" as they're heavy little suckers; then again, I'm not getting any younger. Sound-wise (and I'm sure to take some heat from this) they're somewhat of a "one-trick-pony" for me, but if you're looking for that high-gain Boogie sound, they nail it. Clean-wise, I find them to be "meh" ...


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Nov 16th, 2017 05:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a F30 combo for a year or so but didn't really bond with it. I don't think I ever used it for a gig. Well built, certainly, and a neat design. I put a lower gain tube in the preamp side to tame the gain a little as I was looking for something milder. The stock tubes were OK but I upgraded them to JJs and the improvement was striking. But still not quite what I wanted.

Fred132

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Nov 17th, 2017 06:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a DC-2, which is very similar except 20 watts and no onboard graphic equalizer. Its plenty loud to keep up with a hard hitting drummer and is a heavy little sucker.

I pretty much agree with tepperson's post, except IMHO the clean sounds are a little better than "meh". Kind of Vox-like to my ears.

Leftee
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Nov 17th, 2017 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks all!

This one has a Celestian V30 and comes with the foot switch. He’s asking $550. Contemplating a $500 offer.

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