Slight smell coming from brand new Mesa D-800+ head...normal?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by baileyboy1, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. baileyboy1


    Apr 4, 2011
    I bought a brand Mesa D-800+ head a couple of weeks ago and have noticed a slight smell coming from the front and side vents shortly after turning it on. It's not a burning smell and there is no smoke, just a faint but distinct smell. It's there for as long as the amp is on.

    Mesa D-800/D-800+ owners - is this normal? The amp sounds fantastic and seems to otherwise function properly. I bought this to compare against my Genzler Magellan head (one stays and one goes). I think I like the Mesa a bit better, provided that this smell is not a sign of some problem.

  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    If it's brand new & you're driving it hard, you should smell some ions matriculating into the atmosphere.
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  3. nostatic


    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    You may have accidentally gotten the @agedhorse "stash amp". Rumor has it that late at night he fires it up and breathes deep of the "inspirational parameters"

    who are playing Coachella btw...
  4. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Hello. Since mine did the same, and it still does somewhat, I think that the 'hot, new electronics' odor is normal.
  5. baileyboy1


    Apr 4, 2011
    Thanks for the response, Snaxter. That's reassuring.
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  6. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Yeah, there's likely to be some new electronics smell which I would expect to last a hundred hours give or take.

    You have a 5 year warranty, no reason for concern about that part.

    Stash amp? Don't inhale to deeply ;)
  7. baileyboy1


    Apr 4, 2011
    Thanks, AgedHorse. Fantastic amp btw. I hear you designed it. I'm comparing it head-to-head vs a Genzler Magellan 800 head that I got a few months ago. Both great, but I have a feeling the Mesa will be replacing the Genzler.
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  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    That's the smell of awesome.
  9. nostatic


    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    or perhaps teen spirit...
  10. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    Here's something I would have bet a sit down dinner I could get through my musical career without ever writing:

    Stop sniffing your amp.
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  11. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    My D-800 does this too, esp. when I'm really delivering the Rock.
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  12. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Maybe there's an air freshener that I can buy that will give my old GK that "New Amp Smell".
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  13. nostatic


    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    I guess you weren't gigging in the late 70's...
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  14. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue Secretly Queen of the Moon Supporting Member

    What are you feeding it?

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  15. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    "Notice: In the first hours of operation, you may notice a not unappealing aroma coming from your Mesa amplifier. No matter how good it smells, please do not eat the amplifier, as this will void the warranty."

    It's right there in the manual...
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  16. Thrillhouse


    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    All joking aside, I think most amps do this when new. Just the heat from the amp messing with all the new electric gizmos and fresh paint and junk...It's very technical.
  17. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    I love the smell of Mesa in the morning. It's the smell of ossimness.
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  18. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    yeah I was, that amp was about the only thing I wasn't inhaling or sniffing
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  19. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    run about 8 hours worth of saloon air across that heat sink. That'll help :)
  20. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Eau de amp. Somehow that sounds exotic.

    Off-gassing volatile organic chemicals is something that all new amps commonly exhibit. If it bothers you, you can try a dish of baking soda near by or this: Volcanic Deodorizer - Lee Valley Tools.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2017
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