Mesa M6 Carbine - Randomly Shuts Off

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by NarcolepticOrca, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. NarcolepticOrca


    Jun 25, 2019
    Hello! My bass head, Mesa M6 Carbine, recently fell off a poorly made 8x10 and now the head randomly shuts off for a few seconds and then turns back on. I am on tour and don't know any Gear heads to look at it in the area I am in. Anyone know what could be going on? Thanks for any help!
  2. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    Northern KY
    Cab fan, hobbyist
    Too many factors. Any number of issues from a loose connection to a damaged component can make an amp protect itself.

    Check all your instrument and speaker cables, make sure tubes are seated properly and unharmed. Beyond visual inspection and basic troubleshooting, there really isn't too much that can be done short of seeing the doctor.
  3. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    You are going to want to find a Mesa authorized service center, and even then it may need to be returned to the factory as the damage may require more help than a service center can reasonably provide. Where are you located and where are you touring?
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  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Seems like you're going to need to buy an amp and get your current one serviced to make it through the tour.

    Like @agedhorse said "where are you located?" Maybe there's a amp guru TBr near you.
  5. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass Inactive

    Sep 14, 2010
    Just drop it the opposite way. Should be fine.
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  6. NarcolepticOrca


    Jun 25, 2019
    Thanks! That's pretty close to the conclusion I got to as well. I opened it up to see if there was anything loose and it didn't get better. It actually stopped out putting any signal. Like the light stays on but no sound.
  7. NarcolepticOrca


    Jun 25, 2019
    I'm in the Northeast. Pennsylvania tonight, NH tomorrow, Vermont, then back to the Midwest. I think I'll have to find something temporary till I can take it to the doc unfortunately.
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  8. NarcolepticOrca


    Jun 25, 2019
    So smart! Didn't think of that
  9. NarcolepticOrca


    Jun 25, 2019
    I'm originally from Washington state. An hour away from Seattle.
  10. NarcolepticOrca


    Jun 25, 2019
    I've actually had this Mesa for years without a single issue. Mesa makes good stuff but I don't know of many heads that can fall from 5 feet and not have anything happen to them. Thanks tho!
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  11. NarcolepticOrca


    Jun 25, 2019
    Well hopefully the mud made the tone better too.
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  12. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass Inactive

    Sep 14, 2010
    Well, not always but it's common.

    A fall straight on to the knobs will crack and damage the control pots or the force will crack or damage the board connections.

    If you were really really really lucky the tube might have come unseated. And reseating it could help. But I'd assume there is more to the story
  13. Kelly robinson

    Kelly robinson

    Dec 30, 2014
    Avoid Aged horse's advice at your own peril - anybody else [ unless they have his credentials ] is whistling past the graveyard or internet as the case may be - good luck with the tour and grab another amp [ or ask to borrow one from the generous TB community ] in the meantime to get you thru your tour . Having two heads is a good idea while on tour as you never know when fate will intervene and test your tour prep ..... Kelly
  14. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    Is the band touring with a sound system? Do they have a spare power amp, or least one spare channel? If yes it should be relatively easy to rig up a speaker cable so you can use your normal speaker. This is assuming you normally plug into a DI and run through the PA system.

    Both times I had an amp go down on tour, I just relied on my monitors. Not ideal as they were not really up to the task, but it was towards the end of the tour so we just went with the easy solution.
  15. My kid ran an M9 carbine in 2011 and 2012 with no issues. At rehearsal with his band, at High School, club shows, and a 21 show tour through desert country in high summer with temps up to 40C (104F).

    This amp had NO updates. Dead stock.

    When I hear guys bad mouthing them I can't understand it.

    Honestly wish I had never sold it. That was a great amp.