Smith wanted to participate in the burgeoning San Francisco music scene, having been taught clarinet and a little sax by his father, but he took up drums, as it was the easiest to learn quickly. Over 20 years have passed, two generations of guitarists and several musical trend-cycles since the Dual Rectifier® first unleashed its crushing wall of gain on radio. He ended up producing over 3000 amps out of his home workshop in the 1970s. The four el84 model came out in January 1987 and was available until the end of 1988. With the invention of solid-state diode rectification in the early 1950s, tube rectification was largely phased out of amplifier designs. He relocated to what was formerly a plywood dog kennel, then, eventually, to his home.
They became great friends and built ham radios together. Their store never generated a huge profit, but it became best alternative music store in the hippie scene. Although not directly descended from the F-Series, these two lines do have some features in common, some of which have been expanded upon in the Express line. The output can be switched between 90 watts and 45 watts. As the demand for his amps grew, Randall decided it would be best to move his workshop out of the storefront to get away from the distractions. The 5:25 operates on two tubes in the power section, and produces a maximum rated power output of 25 watts. Most interesting is that he never once took an electronics course in high school or university.
This series is now out of production. This amp uses solid-state rectification like the F series. He needed an official sounding name through which to buy Mercedes parts and building supplies, and chose Mesa Engineering. While the Heartbreaker and Maverick used only one tube rectifier, the Solo employed two tubes. It was repackaged as the.
Both Combo units come with casters included. Shipping is very fast Normally next day for me. The Express line introduced Mesa's technology. I could not be more pleased with the equipment and customer service I have received dealing with Sweetwater. Stan Stillson, the Boy Scout leader became a mentor. In short order, Randall Smith ceased production of the other Dual Rectifier amps and concentrated on producing different configurations of the Solo, which became the Dual Rectifier. The website is easily navigated to find the products I want.
Prominent early customers included , and and of. The Rectifier® Cabinet Series is designed and constructed using the best materials, speakers and craftsmanship you can own. Smith's modifications gave the small amps much more input gain, making them much louder as well as creating a high-gain, distorted guitar tone. Smith decided to set up Mesa Engineering so he could purchase wholesale parts for amps and engines. The relatively low price made the brand more affordable to a wider range of guitarists, beyond professionals.
However, he would hop freight trains nearly every weekend from Santa Barbara to the Bay Area to see friends and return to the Beat coffee houses and bookstores of Berkeley. This distinction engendered the misconception that the name Dual Rectifier was derived from this amp; the Solo's popularity only reinforced this misconception. In 1993, this range was replaced by Mesa's second budget-priced line, the Dual Caliber amps. The Simul-Class system has been a staple in Mark Series amplifiers since then, as well as the 5-band , both exclusive to the line until the introduction of the Dual Caliber series, and select power amplifiers. It features six knobs and one switch on the front panel not including the Power and Standby switches , the first Mesa amplifier with this few controls since the Mark 1. .
Cabinetry plays a major and sometimes overlooked role in achieving the ultimate sound you are searching for. They opened the store in 1967 inside a building that had been a Chinese grocery store. Smith believes all of his early musical experiences taught him how to hear tone. When run in 5 watt Class A mode, the power section is operating on only one. The Electra Dyne is a single-channel amplifier with three foot-switchable modes. As Mesa continued to grow, Smith moved the company to Petaluma in 1980.
As a young , Smith was interested in earning a merit badge in woodcarving. I have been very impressed with my transactions. The 5:50 operates on two tubes in the power section, and produces a maximum rated power output of 50 watts. There are two different models offered in the Express line; the 5:25, which has a maximum power output of 25 watts; and the 5:50, which has a maximum power output of 50 watts. Future designs would further contradict and confuse the line's namesake. Class D power amp with only 2,5 kg weight.
The Rectifier series was first produced in the early 90's and quickly became a staple of modern rock guitar tone. If hot-rodding Fenders was the first breakthrough, the second was developing an extra gain stage for the guitar input. He worked as a repair tech in the back while Dave ran the front of the store. His first major electronics was scratch-building Ham Radio transmitter using 6146 power tube. His mother and sister played piano and his father was the first-chair clarinet with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, played tenor sax, had a radio show and led a hotel dance band. I am a fairly new customer to Sweetwater, but plan on being a long term customer.
And to achieve that goal requires a deeper commitment to tube quality… because the reputation of our amplifiers depends on it. It was introduced in 1971 and is still being produced today. It is available as either a Short Chassis Head 19 inches wide , or a 1x10 Open Back Combo unit containing one E50 Speaker, and comes with casters included. It has been in operation since 1971. While your amp offers controls for fine-tuning your sound, no amp will sounds its best without an equally good or better sounding cabinet. As more power is consumed you turning the amp up! While the Mark V can appear complicated with many knobs, switches, lights, and sliders, the Electra Dyne was created to be the polar opposite.