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d-180 loud enough

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pulse, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. pulse


    Apr 10, 2007
    Berlin, Germany
    Can it handle a loud drummer?

    I am actually interested in the overdrive characteristics of the amp so that does not disturb me if it gets dirty
  2. I am asumming you're talking about The Mesa D-180. It's rated at 200w, but with six 6L6/5881 tubes. That seems optimistic to me. More like 180w with 6l6 or 150w with 5881.

    IMO that amp will not do well, with a "loud" drummer. If the drummer is loud. I would imagine your guitarists are loud, and your sound will not cut through.

    Btw Mesa sound in general is "dirty" and they overdrive well.
  3. My main rig is a D-180 & RR 1x15, & I've had varying levels of success at 'cutting through'. Inside, no problem. Outdoors, I'm alright if I get time to tweak the EQ(get some strong mids in the right frequency to be heard w/o too much breakup or boominess). It's also fine if you have PA backup w/a clean DI signal from the bass. It can be a fine balancing act getting good enough volume w/o too much distortion(for me), but I love the tone. It can definitely produce some very beautiful overdrive.
  4. pulse


    Apr 10, 2007
    Berlin, Germany
    thanks yes I was referring too the Mesa D180

    At the moment I have an SVTII which has buckets of volume and power but overdrive is a challenge for some strange reason, unless I want to sacrifice my hearing by cranking it.

    That amp has the power to defeat my drummer, and also to sound enormous

    enormous is required as well as a nice dirty tone


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