SOLD Mesa Boogie Bass Strategy Eight:88

Discussion in 'For Sale: Amps, Preamps, and Cabinets' started by BCook, Mar 31, 2022.

  1. BCook

    BCook Supporting Member

    United States
    Up for sale is quite honestly my favorite amp ever, a Mesa Bass Strategy Eight:88. It has that amazing tone that only real tubes can bring, and oh MAN does it have a lot of tubes. Super versatile amp with lots of features - if you’re serious about looking at this amp you know about it. Why am I looking to move it? Though it’s lighter than many big tube amps, it’s still a heavy beast, and these old bones are ready for a break.
    Excellent condition, just came back from service by a Mesa certified repairman with a clean bill of health. Receipt from that attached. Also comes with the foot switch which was originally sold separately. This is the rack mount version, which is actually great because I rack it with the power conditioner I’d be too scared to not use with it.
    $1800 plus shipping CONUS, PayPal.
    In the interest of the whole stepping back the weight of my rig, would definitely entertain a trade + cash back to me for a Mesa TT-800. No other trade interests, thanks.*
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  2. FFEJY

    FFEJY Inactive

    Jun 14, 2021
    So this has had 4 of the 8 power tubes replaced? Why? And why weren't all 8 replaced? I see they replaced "3 open plate fuse resistors"; could you please elaborate on this? Thanks in advance.
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  3. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Thank you for that .. Now I wont be able to sleep tonight dreaming about that amp. ;)
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  4. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    I'm sitting here thinking .. Al's Diner repaired the amp.. What, you went to Al's Diner for Meatloaf and Mashed Potato's with gravy and got 4 KT88's instead?? ;)
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  5. BCook

    BCook Supporting Member

    Hi - thanks for the questions. To start with, I won’t pretend to understand the various parts and pieces of tube amps. My instructions to Al were “please give it a full look over, and fix any problem you find,” and then explained the immediate problems I had. The most immediate problem was that I had a loss of output, which turned out to be that the “silent record” relay (which cuts off the power section to allow recording out of the DI without a speaker load attached, which is super handy) was bad. He fixed that, and it’s back to full operation. Second, about 2-3 years ago I apparently lost several power tubes *but this thing is so damn loud I didn’t even know it.* There had been some small puff of smoke and a crackle back then, but when I checked every function it seemed fine and it kept trucking like nothing had happened for years (until this recent unrelated silent record switch issue). When Al dug into it, he found three bad power tubes; when they went, if I’m understanding this correctly, they apparently took their plate resistors with them (and caused that puff of smoke I saw). All these things are fixed, and it’s got a full clean bill of health.
    As you can see here, Al is a certified Mesa repair person: MESA/Boogie®
    I’m very confident that he’s restored this thing to full, kick ass function. I would not have listed it here otherwise.
    The 4 new tubes are Mesa tubes that are made specifically for these amps.
    Why just the 4 new power tubes? Well, it’s best to replace them in matched pairs, and 3 were bad (Al gave me back the still good old one for emergencies), so two matched pairs were put in. In Al’s opinion, the other four tubes were in fine condition and didn’t need replacing. And power tubes are *really* expensive right now. I opted to just fix what needed fixing.
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  6. BCook

    BCook Supporting Member

    Lol, yeah, pretty much!
  7. FFEJY

    FFEJY Inactive

    Jun 14, 2021
    Thank you so very much for your thorough detailed response! I really appreciate the honesty and thoroughness.
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  8. MaccaMan1964

    MaccaMan1964 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    Wow! Bass a heaven in a box!
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  9. 2milehighspike

    2milehighspike Supporting Member

    Why do these ALWAYS become available when I can least afford them.........AAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
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  10. joel406

    joel406 Inactive

    Dec 27, 2013
    True that.

    I've been wanting one of these. I would have this if I hadn't just bought 2 Powerhouse 410's last week.

    Dang it.

    Probably the best tube amp...well.... EVER!

    These don't come up often and when they do their usually 2X the price you see here. Which hurts even more for me.
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  11. BCook

    BCook Supporting Member

    I mean, you know what would drive those two 410s really, REALLY well?
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  12. BCook

    BCook Supporting Member

    On hold pending sale….