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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FunkyLemz, Oct 4, 2008.
I do apologize if this topic has been covered (I'm sure it has). Old thread links much appreciated.
aguilar tube and ss amp section....mesa all tube...
apples and oranges i guess...people seem to love both ALOT!!!
Just heard a band playing a 400+ today at a local festival show, and it was absolutely amazing. Beautiful, punchy, round, warm, aggressive tone.
this is like bmw vs. mercedes.
I had a Mesa Impulse 600, and I like the tone of the DB750 better.
There has got to be some significant differences though.
but you want grunty tubey authority, both have it in spades. to me, both amps are the tops in terms of pounding tube like hefty power. its funny how the mosfet power section of the db750 is one of the few tube/SS hybrid amps that sound very all tube like. while the 400+ has so much authoritative power, its almost hybrid tube/SS like to my ears.
i will concede that i found the aguilar does feel that much more faster on the fingertips and maybe a bit more forward thx to the extra wattage, yet still have that cool hefty tube power section like feel.
the 400+ has a better tubey gloss when you want it, and also conversely, a more cooler sounding grind. the 400+ also feels authoritative, but with a background of that weighty hefty window rattling feel that only all tube power sections can give you. its a shame that its been discontinued. hopefully, mesa'll come out with another all tube amp to replace it.
I'd have to say the DB has more warmth and body. The mesa is good, but in totally different category. IMO - The DB has the best dub/meaty bass tones.
I have (oops, had: just sold the 400+) both, and they are indeed both fine heads. I actually prefer the tone of the 400+--it`s both a bit smoother and more defined to my ear, but I needed to sell something, so that went. The Aguilar is indeed very tube-like, but (and bear in mind I haven`t done the famed tube-swap yet) I find it a bit too blurry and Ampeg-like (I think Bass Player mag called it `plush`) on lower notes compared to the Mesa, which was more focused. I am looking forward to switching the tubes and seeing what that does.