Mesa 400+ or SVT-CL

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Shumph, Sep 27, 2001.

  1. Mesa 400

    26 vote(s)
  2. SVT-CL

    12 vote(s)
  3. Another option (posted below)

    2 vote(s)
  1. Shumph

    Shumph Guest

    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    I am narrowing down my choice for a new amp head.
    So far I like the Mesa 400 for around $1260
    and the SCT-CL at $999 on clearance.

    Please post your opinions


  2. Go with the Mesa. Mesa's are sick.
    It may be more expensive but i reacon it has a better tone than most heads in the market.
  3. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    I've owned both, currently only have the 400+. The Classic is strong and loud but doesn't have the depth, warmth or overall harmonic richness of the Boogie. The Classic also does not, in any way, compare favorably to the vintage SVT (I own a '70). So for me, there's no comparison: the 400+ wins every time.
  4. Bass18

    Bass18 Guest

    Jul 21, 2001
    If you are gonna get the ampeg, consider the SVT-2 PRO. Depends on your playing style though, as to whether it compares to the CL. If the SVT2 PRO isnt an option, go for the 400+ definately.
  5. tonru

    tonru Guest

    Mar 15, 2002
    mesa has good customer service vs. ampeg having the above mentioned advantages.
  6. crud19

    crud19 Guest

    Sep 26, 2001
    If you are planning on spending that kind of money on a head, you should really, really try out both and decide which one is for you. This is such a subjective field (especially between two legendary amps) that the final decision should be up to your ears, not what a bunch of dudes on a message board tell you. That being said, WHAT ARE YOU, CRAZY? BUY THE AMPEG! I kid.
  7. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9 Guest

    Jun 20, 2001
    another vote for Mesa.

    i just flat out liked the tone/ features of the boogie more than the svt. both are excellent heads, i would go with the the 400+.
  8. slacker


    Nov 27, 2001
    Portland Oregon
    Either the Mesa 400+ or vintage gear for me. Given those options.
  9. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    I have two 400+ heads. Two heads are better than one....
  10. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Me, too. Agreed.
  11. Hugh Jazz

    Hugh Jazz Guest

    Sep 13, 2001
    Atlanta, GA
    Would you like to give one to me? Heck, I'm even willing to pay for it! Can't beat that now, can you? :p
  12. Steven Green

    Steven Green Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I much prefer the Mesa to the ampeg. The folks at Mesa are very helpful and will take care of you should any (not likely) problems arise!
  13. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Nosir! Must...have...two...:D
  14. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I say Trace Elliot tube heads!! too bad it's hard to find one....
  15. Flat Bass

    Flat Bass Guest

    Dec 8, 2002
    Bass Greaser, have you tried a 70's SVT or a Mesa Boogie 400+? What is the difference in the Trace tube head compared to these? There is one on Ebay right now.
  16. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I've never played an 70's svt, nor the 400+, But I've heard SO many good things about them. I almost got one, but I was out bidded. the SVT CL are good sounding, but I find myself wanting more detail. SO I bought the Trace. The Trace still has that tubey sound, but it is also detailed, and CLEAN!
  17. Rockbobmel

    Rockbobmel Supporting Member

    Yeah, Right!! So,..Now I gotta get another one?
  18. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Hey, I'm in talks with a TB'er right now to sell one o' mine. If it doesn't work out, yer covered! ;)
  19. Rockbobmel

    Rockbobmel Supporting Member

    So, I don't have to have two, right?
  20. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    You only need two if I can't sell one of mine right away. I only need one. Questions? ;)