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    Default marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    i have the option of getting a mint MARSHALL 2500 SL-X head 50watt w/footswitch and new el-34's or
    a MESA DC-5 head also in mint shape w/footswitch both for $500 and change i will be using them with my MESA recto 4x12" cab with vintage 30's help thanks scott
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Quote Originally Posted by shred-dog
    i have the option of getting a mint MARSHALL 2500 SL-X head 50watt w/footswitch and new el-34's or
    a MESA DC-5 head also in mint shape w/footswitch both for $500 and change i will be using them with my MESA recto 4x12" cab with vintage 30's help thanks scott
    I'm not fam with that model for the Marshall...is that a 900 series? If so, I personally would go MESA. But it really depends on what you are looking for.

    In my limited experience with MESA over the years and with my current amp, they do several things really well, some things incredibly well. Whereas Marshall's pretty much are one trick ponies..regardless if it is a 3 channel or NMV amp. It just seems the Marshall magic is in simplicity. The more channels, switches and buttons they have, the worse they sound. MESAs on the other hand don't seem to have that issue.

    Play 'em both. Make your choice.
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    i have owned both at one point a sl-x head and a dc-5 combo and i liked them both
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Buy the Marshall and refer the dealer of the Boogie to me.

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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    I actually like the distortion sounds of the SLX better than the DC-5. But the SLX is definately a one trick pony. I would go with the DC-5 just so I had the 2nd channel With the SLX I would be lugging two amps around.
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    one trick is fine as long as it's a good one!! this is a very early SL-X before the switch to 5881 power tubes
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    In that light then i say rock on with the SLX ... I definately like the EL-34's better in them... but I always wanted to try 6550's in one...
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    cool thanks i should have never sold the one i had before.
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Personally, I'd go with the Marshall, then put Svets and GT12AX7C's in it.
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser
    Personally, I'd go with the Marshall, then put Svets and GT12AX7C's in it.
    Not trying to hijack the thread but have you had good luck with your GT12ax7's? I ordered 5 and 2 died within a month. Then one of the others started really going downhill in tone not long after that... I got the replacements and had one of those blow... I gave up at that point...
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    i use the GT12ax7-C's in my soldano and they are great in a high gain amp i tried the GT12ax7-M but it was a little too much in the soldano . i was going to try jjel-34's and GT12ax7-c in the marshall .
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    For my tastes, the SLX. I know nothing about the Mesa though but if it is like typical Mesas with a classic Mesa tone then you just need to decide what sound you want

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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    I own a dc5 combo.........it is a very nice amp with very fenderish cleans and that classic boogie lead tone (think mark series, not the rectifiers tone). On the other hand it does NOT excel at getting a marshall tone........so if you are after a marshall sound then go with the marshall. Otherwise i would prefer the boogie.

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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Do any of you guys know of any place online selling an slx head?

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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Which one sounds better to your ears? Both are essentially different, tonally

    I personally would probably grab the Mesa...
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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Get the SL-X. I have the 2100 model that was out before the SL-X. It just has one less preamp tube than the SL-X has. Since that sucker has EL34's, get it. Those are the good ones. I've had a tech look at mine and tell me it's a very well built amp. Tube sockets are hardwired (good thing). When they switched to 5881's, that's when they started to sound like crap. I'm guessing it's about a 1993-early 1994 model since it has EL34's. $500.00???? THAT'S IT???? Drop your money and run with the amp before the dude changes his mind.

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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH
    Get the SL-X. I have the 2100 model that was out before the SL-X. It just has one less preamp tube than the SL-X has. Since that sucker has EL34's, get it. Those are the good ones. I've had a tech look at mine and tell me it's a very well built amp. Tube sockets are hardwired (good thing). When they switched to 5881's, that's when they started to sound like crap. I'm guessing it's about a 1993-early 1994 model since it has EL34's. $500.00???? THAT'S IT???? Drop your money and run with the amp before the dude changes his mind.
    I have an early 2100 also!! I like it alot myself!!!

    $500 is a good deal for one these days.

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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Amen. I paid a little over $500 for mine when I got it in 1996. A buddy of mine who worked at GC turned me on to it. I couldn't believe someone traded it in. It's way better than the dual reverbs with the 5881's in them.

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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    Quote Originally Posted by fenderiarhs
    I own a dc5 combo.........it is a very nice amp with very fenderish cleans and that classic boogie lead tone (think mark series, not the rectifiers tone). On the other hand it does NOT excel at getting a marshall tone........so if you are after a marshall sound then go with the marshall. Otherwise i would prefer the boogie.
    +1, except I do think the boost on the clean was great for Marshall tones. It's definitely an amp you have to like, cuz if you don't it isn't for you. I for one didn't like it all that much.

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    Default Re: marshall sl-x VS mesa dc-5 head

    I love my DC-5, so of course I'll recommend it, but the tone of these two amps is markedly different. If you like Mesa's, then cool, if you like Marshall, then cool too. I don't agree with the statement above about the lead channel being more of a Mark series tone versus the rectifier tone. I can get the most brutal metal imaginable out of my DC-5. A lot of this has to do with the killer graphic EQ.

    If you go with the Marshall I'd like contact with whoever you know that is selling the DC-5 head. I like my combo a lot, but I need more speakers on the road and would love to have a head version...

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