hippieguy1954 wrote:Don't forget, (and this has been discussed a lot before) they are playing at a very high volume.
This is a good point, hippieguy. I think deep down we all know this, but it's easy to forget. The one caveat I'd add, though, is that it's not so much about volume as it is about pushing the Mac output transistors into clipping, however you get there. Now, these two things are obviously highly correlated. But a MC250 will clip earlier (and at lower volume) than a MC2100 and that before a MC2300. I have a modded 2105 and the truth is that I most feel like I'm getting close to THAT TONE only when I have in earplugs, record, and listen to the playback. When the needle is slamming hard to the right, transistors are cooking, JBL E120s are rocking back and forth, and the volume is loud enough to make me lose my equilibrium without earplugs...then it's just about there!
As you point out, it's close at "very loud" which is more what I use most of the time and I bet where a lot of people stop altogether, basically just short of sustained Mac transistor clipping. Waldo and Sarno (among others) have pointed out for years the significance of the Mac clipping element. It's all true, IME. Bottom-line: in my mind, you can't get to "it" without that clipping, though that's just a necessary and not sufficient condition. There are many other keys to the recipe as well.
Jim, you know all of this. Sorry if I'm de-railing your thread. Just freestyling