Mesa Boogie are king? or are they...
It's true that innovation has abounded from this company, and it's true that
some products are VERY complex to use. Mesa Boogie have developed some really
good sounds over the years, but always suffer in the UK from loaded prices and a
warranty that is at best poor in my opinion.
I have been on the receiving end
of this with every Mesa amp I've owned.
This section is NOT here to slag Mesa Boogie - far from it, I remain a loyal fan
of the company that has done at least as much as any company in the world to
move Tube technology forward for Guitarists.
If you wanted to consider a TriAxis you would probably try and buy a 2:90
power amp which was made top work with the TriAxis - but alas these are
discontinued. They are around second hand so that's the way to go.
But how good is the TriAxis system? it's now quite old and was the forerunner
to the Rectifier developments in Tube amp design. See below how I compare the
TriAxis with the E670 - yes the E670 is not a rack amp, but Engl do make exactly
that in the form of a Special Edition preamp and of course the E580 so I think
it's a fair comparison - read on to see how they fare...
All sounds are MP3 - just click them and listen.
to listen about the TriAxis Rack Used.
to listen about the way we tested.
I have been an ardent TriAxis user for about 8 years. Through this time I
have learned much about the TriAxis and the 2:90 - and indeed many other rack
pieces of kit.
You might well want to checkout my site for TriAxis
to see some of the things on there. Items include my guitar collection, music,
studio, reviews and a host of other things for guitarists.
I look forward to meeting you there sometime.
In real life the TriAxis is difficult to use. The sounds can be coaxed out of
this amp and they are very good when you get it right - but the TriAxis alone
costs Ј1995.00 in the UK...
Add to thet the 2:100 (the 2:90 is no longer available) and you have near
enough Ј4000.00 for a basic setup without all the switching gear.
My rack originally cost near enough to Ј6000.00 to leave the change as a tip
and for that kind of money - you better be darn sure that the thing delivers.
The Engl - compared to the TriAxis is a piece of cake - that is, unless you
try and change the Engl E670 channels with a Boss GT-8. I tried it once and
spent about a month on it - that is, before I sent the GT-8 back and bought the
XT Live - which by the way worked right out of the box, as did the ground
control etc etc.
The moral is simple - buy amateur kit - get amateur results. My view is that
the GT-8 is designed as a mass product and NOT a pro piece of equipment - so I
guess I got what I paid for.
All views on this page are personal. All Trademarks Acknowledged.