I've been lurkin' and lurnin' for quite a while off and on here and generally enjoy the discussions and appreciate the knowledge and insight dropped.. I'm Rockin' some JBL's (E's and K's) and a MAC, but that amp is usually too much of a PitA to setup. Usually I'm pretty stoked with the sound of just a k120 mounted in my old "greyface" (partially blackfaced) Deluxe reverb, that with a tubescreamer clone (with a choice op-amp) set to no drive, was finding me some very uniquely Jerry-licious tones the other day. So that's where I'm at, but let me cut to the sacrilege...
1. Going through the extensive discussions on the Mac transistor clipping, I wonder: has anyone looked into upgrading the components (for symmetry etc.) in a transistor based amp? I can imagine someone with some know-how dropping some eminence commonwealths and 12 dollars worth of upgraded capacitors, resistors, etc into a Fender Frontman or FM series amp and dropping a few jaws with their "dirty clean" tone. Or even better one of those tube-preamp SS power amps that were everywhere 10 years ago. Probably doesn't have a Sentry Monitor to worry about!
2. Twin Pre -> MC2xxx -> Attenuator -> JBLish speaker?...... There, I said it. I know some people hate AT's but I bet someone had to have tried it.
Ok that said, I'm thinking about lifting the Sentry on my MC2505 (busted glass: fedex ....grrrr.) Didn't see any specifics about that posted... but saw it referenced plenty. If someone could direct me to that that would be sweet. I know it's a risk but the Mac isn't doing much for me at this rate so if there's an easy way to open up some new dimension to it I think I'll chance it.
Appreciate and opinions, insights, rejections, alternatives anyone feels like sharing. Just wanted to stir the pot a little on these discussions.
Trecia (Trey/Garcia... mostly all I'll listen to ; )