I have a Mesa Triple Rectifier head. It is very loud. Lately Ive been trying to tame the beast some to play with some different acts. One of the old Marshall tricks is to pull some of the power tubes. Last night the kids were at their mothers, so I got the amp in the living room and pulled some tubes. The Triple has 6 6L6 power tubes. It is a push/pull amp so I pulled the outer tubes. I pulled 4 of them so it should effectively make the amp 50 watts. This amp also has rectifier tubes and I was told to pull 1 for each 2 power tubes, so I pulled 2 of those out also.
I then let the amp warm up and tuned my guitar. The first thing I noticed was that the sound was real thin. When I start playing with an amps controls I normally start at 12 oclock and work from there to get a good tone. With all the tubes in this head is a bass monster and I ussually run the bass at around 9-10 oclock, in this setup I found myself going to 2-3 oclock. The big problem to me with these heads is that when you turn the bass up this high it seems to rob sonic space from the mids. I wound up turning the mids up higher than normal. Of course the real magic on these heads is the high and presence control. For my vintage sound, I was turning high/presence almost all the way up.
Im trying to figure out how to get a good sound out of this amp at a lower volume. Ive got to go for a while but I will come back and elaborate, in case anyone on here uses these amps.
If anyone on here has used a THD Hotplate, I would like to hear what you think.