Originally Posted by SlickB
Need some help comparing these 2. I own and like the Shuttlemax 12.2, but miss my old Mesa M-2000. I'm more interested in a tonal comparison. As variable as the eq is on the shuttlemax I miss the graphic the M2000 had. Are the issues I've read regarding reliablity of any concern? Perhaps I should asked for a M2000 comparision but anyone who wishes to chime in would be appreciated- Cabs are CN212's.
Thanks in advance.
You aren't fooling around... two CN212's... whew!
I gigged a M2000 back in the day, spend much time with the M6 and a little time with the M9, and also had a Shuttle Max 9.2 (same tone as the Max 12). The M2000 was a great sounding head, if a bit over the top with the zillion knobs and sliders. More controlled down low than the current M series heads, and more evenly voiced without as much aggressive, bright, top end.
First, the M9 has been revised very recently. It now uses the M6 power section, so is 600 watts. This was done to fix the heat and reliability issues. So, no problem there with the new ones, and the 600 watts of the current M9 will pretty much keep up with the 1200 watts of the Genz IMO and IME (something about the M series Mesa watts is otherworldy regarding output per watt... not sure what that is all about).
The low end is MUCH, much bigger with the M9 than the very well controlled Shuttle Max. Big low end extension into the sub bass, so much so that I prefer the M9/M6 with a hi pass filter, especially with a cab like the CN that is not tuned to go massive deep.
IMO, the Shuttle Max 12.2 will be a better match for the CN212 x 2 than the new M9 running at 2ohms. With the variable hi pass/low boost cranked a bit on the Shuttle 12, you should have about all the low end the CN needs to punch and sound fat.
However, if you want a much bigger, deeper low end, and a brighter, more aggressive top end, the M9 should sound great, and give you about the same max SPL as your current head. It will, of course, be significantly bigger and heavier.
IMO and IME.