Mesa 20/20

Chat about Equipment Info

Mesa 20/20

Postby mgbills » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:36 pm

Second new topic in 5 minutes....

I just gifted myself a Mesa 20/20. I have an MC2100, but it's a beast to haul...and it's ...shall we say...plenty powerful.

I dig the Mesa, except for the noisy fan. It's pretty quiet through the signal path, and it's pretty darn close to the MC by dialing the Presence knob.


a) What is your favorite EL84? I know there are strong opinions decidedly agains EL84's, but I really dig the mid-70's Mesa era, and my razzum filled brain associates that with awesome tone.
So if you had to answer, what do you like? Genelex, JJ, Mullard? Won't buy the Chinese guys.

b) Does anybody have any idea on what to do about that noisy freakin' fan? I've searched the Boogie Board & general Google stuff, but since we've got some genuine rocket scientists about...thought I'd ask. One of you folks has a great solution.

Thanks to all.
"Hi Ho...the Carrion Crow...FoldeRoldeRiddle"
User avatar
Senior Member
Posts: 923
Joined: Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:04 pm
Location: The Northwest Corner

Re: Mesa 20/20

Postby TI4-1009 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:04 pm

My Lonestar has a switch for the fan. Off for "quiet running".
"Do not write so that you can be understood, write so that you cannot be misunderstood." -Epictetus

First show: 8/16/69 (Woodstock)
Last show: 3/19/95 (Unbroken Chain breakout)
Member of the Four-Decade Club
Charter Member, President & CEO of OAD (Order of the Ancient Deadheads)
User avatar
Senior Member
Posts: 1798
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:27 am
Location: Upstate NY- Toodaloo

Re: Mesa 20/20

Postby Jon S. » Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:53 am

You may want to also try a Rocktron Velocity 300 at some point. I'm quite pleased with the tone of my SMS Classic Preamp through my RV300, it's a performance-price winner.
Disclaimers: I'm happy to share whatever relevant gear knowledge or experience I have. Genuflection/payment/proof of worthiness neither sought nor accepted. I don't design, build, market, sell or endorse for pay any new music product or service. I occasionally sell personal used gear. I am an unpaid endorser of SoundScaper Productions and Godfrey Daniels Guitarworks.
User avatar
Jon S.
Senior Member
Posts: 1674
Joined: Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:34 pm

Re: Mesa 20/20

Postby strumminsix » Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:13 pm

Honestly, when racked I don't hear the fan.
User avatar
Senior Member
Posts: 6758
Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:13 am
Location: Chicago

Return to Grateful Dead Equipment Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests