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Mesa prodigy/strategy vs. Ampeg SVT Cl

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rodrigues, Dec 30, 2017.


  1. Mesa strategy

    5.6%
  2. Mesa prodigy

    11.1%
  3. Ampeg Cl

    30.6%
  4. Orange Ad 200

    4.2%
  5. Fender Bassmann 100/135

    1.4%
  6. Matamp GT 200

    2.8%
  7. Hiwatt 200

    1.4%
  8. Ampeg V4B

    23.6%
  9. Ampeg solid state

    2.8%
  10. Mesa solid state

    6.9%
  11. Fender Superbassman 300

    9.7%
  12. Ampeg B15

    6.9%
  13. Orange solid state

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Mesa 400+

    5.6%
  15. Sadowsky SA200

    2.8%
  16. Darkglass microtubes 900

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Aguilar DB680/728

    2.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. _Some Dude

    _Some Dude

    Sep 14, 2016
    I've never tried a Prodigy but I wanted an SVT until I A/B'd it against a Strategy. The SVT is a classic and instantly produced the sound we all grew up with, but in the end I preferred the more aggressive mids on the Strategy.

    That said, I'd buy the Mesa because you like the Mesa sound. Hoping a Mesa will sound like an Ampeg is wishful thinking.
     
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  2. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    JimmyM does not need to chime in on this topic for anyone to know what his views are regarding an SVT compared to anything, let alone a Mesa Strategy.
    c'mon people ;)
     
  3. I was actually hoping Jimmy would ‘chime in’ to provide direct comparison information regarding the SVT and the V4B. So, respectfully, bullocks to ya.

    Marc
     
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  4. Rodrigues

    Rodrigues

    May 20, 2016
    Hamburg
    It gets dirty very quick, but nice sound.
     
  5. Rodrigues

    Rodrigues

    May 20, 2016
    Hamburg
    Does the SVT has more punch than the v4b? Or is it the same at lower Volumen level?
     
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  6. Rodrigues

    Rodrigues

    May 20, 2016
    Hamburg
    But tue strategy has almost the same weight AS an SVT?

    Anyone else has experience with the strategy?
     
  7. Manticore

    Manticore

    Feb 27, 2016
    SoCal
    I see you're in Europe, and understand you're looking for a tube amp. You might want to try a HiWatt, which will be more readily available in Europe than the States. It won't be anything like a Mesa or an Ampeg, but you might just be surprised at how they sound...
     
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  8. _Some Dude

    _Some Dude

    Sep 14, 2016
    Strategy is 50 lbs.

    SVT is 80 lbs.
     
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  9. Rodrigues

    Rodrigues

    May 20, 2016
    Hamburg
    i thought about a english amp and Ended up with an orange or 120 from the 70ies + matamp 215.
    The british Amps have a nice sweet tone, but when you push up the volume they get very harsh. Of course it has only 120 Watt but it is the Charakter of these amps.
    When you have one with more Watts, they are super clean, like glockenglang, but I miss the little dirt which you get from an US amp.
    Do you know what i mean?
     

  10. A matamp gt200 with the MK1 tonestack. just as loud as my SVT. never harsh, i imagine the orange used el34 tubes, not ideal for thick warm bass.
     
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  11. Rodrigues

    Rodrigues

    May 20, 2016
    Hamburg
    I never played a gt200 but heard a lot food stuff on YouTube,...

    Yeah thats right the amp had el34 tubes. Maybe that was the reason.
     
  12. mikewalker

    mikewalker

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    I love the sound of a V4B but its not nearly as versatile as the 400+.
    Granted, a 400+ is the last mesa amp I ever gigged with, so I can't compare it to the new ones - but as I recall, when paired with mesa cabinets it sounded magnificent in a lot of contexts: rock, blues, 'metal', funk, jazz-fusion and poppier stuff too...
     
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  13. Rodrigues

    Rodrigues

    May 20, 2016
    Hamburg
    Sorry i forgot the 400+ in the poll. Noe it is available.
     
  14. I own several in the poll.. But for the main topic of the OP, I would pick the "Stradegy". It has way more options including a switch for 1/2 power etc.. It can do Modern to Vintage. Footswitch is a bonus too for toggling between mid tones and solo boost.. I'd still keep my Ampeg CL for straight up Ampeg tone when I want it but the Mesa Stradegy is my new goto Bass Head..:thumbsup:
     
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  15. Korladis

    Korladis Banned SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    No amp with an EQ is a one trick pony.
     
  16. Korladis

    Korladis Banned SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    The V4B is more aggressive in the mids, if anything.

    The Strategy is about 22kg.

    The SVT-CL is about 36kg.

    Not really what I would call "almost the same weight."
     
  17. Not on the list but my favorite is my Darkglass Microtubes 900, you would be hard pressed to not get a sound you didn’t like. The most versatile amp I’ve ever owned, sounds amazing with either the VMT or the B3K engaged. Clear as a bell or as tubey vintage or as modern as you like.
     
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  18. this is TB, where people are scared of using an EQ. if it doesn't sound good with everything at noon (TB imaginary flat land) then it is not good.
     
  19. Korladis

    Korladis Banned SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    :roflmao:
     
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  20. Rodrigues

    Rodrigues

    May 20, 2016
    Hamburg
    Have you compared it to a SVT or mesa?

    I put it on the list.
     

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