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Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier Review - Small Amp Delivers To The Max!
We are living in an era of miniaturization, and guitar amp manufacturers aren't an exception. Many of them already offer compact amps and now Mesa Boogie presents its second small sized (and with reduced output power) amp head. Let's see if the Californian brand still sounds as proud!
James...'s review"About time"
This is for all intents a Dual rectifier minus one channel and a couple of throwaway features. Sure the power tubes are EL84's but I was never a fan of the 6L6 design anyway.
I think this design was a long time coming and it's a good thin Mesa did it. The fact is, that a Dual rec has way too much volume on tap for most people and a more portable amp is always something people will appreciate. I can say the mini rec is a little bit different dialing in than the original model which was and always has been a bit of an oddity with the knob turning. While the general rules of the old design are at play here, the different power amp style makes the master have a bit more of a role than before. Although the El84's are not very hot so even on higher volume settings it's difficult to get a lot of power amp gain. Be wary though on the 15 watt setting you will get some breakup at higher volumes. This isn't always something you want from the ole rec but to each his own. Personally I feel that this amp's design relies on 90% preamp gain and putting it in a design with power amp breakup involved is sort of reductive.
Let's face it. The clean channel on these has always been pretty glassy. It really depends what you want and how you dial it in, but if you work at it you can get it into blackface (ish) territory. The pushed switch is off limits for me. I don't care for having a dirty clean channel based off preamp gain.
The lead channel is where it's at, and I'm happy to say it gets the recto chunk down just fine. Mesa did a really good job of translating the design to a smaller chassis and there's a lot to be said for that. After all, this is what people are going to buy it for.
I'm getting addicted to this little 10-25 watt amps that every company seems to be putting out. It's great that mesa got on board. This is a well constructed amp. The FX loop is good. Everything is top notch. I think the price is about right considering what you get. This is pretty much a low wattage single rectifier.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
SlapKid's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Product splendid and surprising"
So tiny, full of tubes inside, and all essential settings are there.
Two channels with full eq, plus a switch mode and power per channel. No reverb, why must take the much more expensive (that already!) Rectoverb ...
Serial Loop working fine with my VD400 bebert, I do not need more.
25w and they are there, it is a class a / b and thus rectifying diode.
HP: 8 ohm output and output 4 ohms. This is smart because it can safely pull over on a tube amp, but never less on pain of burn the thing.
Clearly, we can plug in a box 16 ohms on the 8 ohm output of the amp without any risk.
(My vox AC15 is stupid because it only accepts minimum 8 ohms, well it suddenly chome not bad).
In short it is a faultless for the mini, especially as empty no hum or nothing can spoil the picture.
10 therefore, minus 3 for the consequent price ...
Besides the absolutely illegible markings buttons is super simple to use, while audibly is no exaggeration either. The switch provided does not produce noise bizzarres when changing channel, ok then.
The modes are clean or crunch on channel top, and vintage / modern on the bottom one.
Switchable powers do not allow you to play in an apartment, they serve rather to put the power tubes knees, what bluesmen appreciate.
I have not bought this amp to sound stereotypical big bad wolf, but bearing in mind that Bernard Allison uses a grinding for ages so with good reason.
The clean sound is very good, a good balance between precision / intelligibility and heat / respondent. He agrees very well both overdrives I proposed to him so far (vintage overdrive and green harley bebert OD400), which makes me my simple and effective 3canaux.
In crunch mode and without touching the eq is formidable and clean, it is very thin and easy to modulate. For more mushy it's easy, switch to 10w and push the master, basic.
The sound in modern saturax position is very dominant, we instantly know who you are dealing! It's more alive than the bulk of the series, and midrange pass better too, thank you the EL84. That said I prefer the vintage fashion.
For vintage mesa means pre-2000 I guess, nothing to do with ledzep and co, and that's good.
This mode is very versatile and offers a progressive gain, and behaves like the clean channel in the proposed equilibrium. It's very effective remaining natural.
As I was not too saturated rule I can add overdrive for more mid / sustain solo.
I'm about a month, two box 112 placed pseudostéréo and me in the middle, it's very fun to play.
Tested on a 212 Openback alnico is less advantageous, for against a randall 412 (hp jaguar) adchire total remaining pretty, no problem with a drummer that's strong enough. Now for the pissed two guitars and bass saturated craziest drummer I'm not sure, I'll update as soon as my guinea pigs have tested the beast ...
So much for now, the motivation of this purchase was the compactness and versatility and absolute choice for boxes. I was tired of tandem amp clean-pedals saturax, not that it did not work but rather that loses too saturax through a clear channel is less direct in fact true.
I am very happy with my purchase, I do not touch anything unless it works because it sounds good as is. I just hope to get lucky reliability issue with my 2 subway fire blues of the mark (but they were 1994-5, much water has flowed under the bridge since then).
In fact for the price it goes again, an F ... mexico costing too much and is really the superdaube compared (and in absolute terms, there was no idea of building too bad).
Note 8, but only because of the price next 2 bugera I've had (333-1990) that sounded good by listening 3-4x less ... Times are tough and the dosh is scarce.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
anjer86's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A beautiful very noisy toaster"
2 channels with 2 modes per channel -> I only use channel 1 "Clean" mode and channel 2 in "Modern" mode.
Setup is simple and obvious. I just advise the user to take a look at the end of the manual for slices at each knob.
Sound meanwhile it is the Mesa Boogie Rectifier, but less powerful and more compressed.
I use it for a year and it is always a pleasure to play with the correct apartment.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Qill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" resulat knaki mini max"
2 channels + 4 modes: one with clean switch Clean / Crunch, 1 drive with switch Vintage / Modern
1 switch 10/25 Watt per channel can switch the drive in 10/25 and like to clean, in an apartment that is serious
3 adjustable band (treble, middle, bass) + presence on each channel
Effects loop on the back and not the front
No Reverb ... considering the price of the machine is still a little loose
Used with a Musicman Axis, Ibanez RG ESP KH, with the firm that is well: the mini recto 1x12 Celestion V30 with cutaway history to put more bodies I add a TS9 and a TS808 with the pedal Reverb Hardwire if it's flat ass like Jennifer Lopez to 8 years
The clean lack of presence is transparent it looks like a clean limit transistor pushing on the presence seem to get something but it's not what I like the most, what blah ... it's not worth the clean a Fender on the other hand it is not for the clean as I took
The crunch is not bad, I prefer the crunch of a Vox or Tweed which is a natural extension of the clean, then there is the body, but it lacks the grain may be too comes in for some it may lack subtlety on the other hand when you have mounted the switch on the clean channel gain, shame ... Attention can not switch to foot clean / crunch, it's either one or the other
The drive in vintage mmmmmh bah I do not know what they wanted to do on this one is not at all vintage if sen-known like a Plexi or MARK I. .. is ultra missed ... unless they are fans of his boxy low-volume compressed in one word ... YUCK
The drive in modern, oh yes there ok we agree, this is purely pleasurable, dynamic sick, it's own right, slice it super well, we immediately recognize the grain and expertise home, there are many big rock sound of the 90s ... on the other hand is not as clear as the 112 Roadster is more open and airy there was still the compression had not dreamed it is well on the Mini and not the big brother who is around more than 900 € in new
For me there is the modern drive channel that is worth visiting ...
to € 1,190 + € 510 head body = "€ 1,700", while the Roadster is 112 to 1900 € Used with 4 independent channels controllable at the foot of 50 Watt, Reverb, 5U4 ... then tip saved your money (€ 200 more) to take the true secondhand, because in the end the price was a good result with MINI printing a maximum Knacki ... then yes it is true that the Roadster is heavy etc ... the Mini is portable ... short, it is not intended to Julien Doré ass or cock Christophe Willem ... those who forget their arms turn you tap it will be lighter
Amp sold without regret I went on the MARK V Combo for ... fans of Metallica, Dream Theater is more there ...
14 of 31 people found this review helpful
SteveAustin69's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My perfect companion studio!"
Well, on this topic I started rather weakly lazy ... everything has been said in previous reviews!
Guitarist for 25 years, I have seen spend gear and I have a little practice level control EQ! ... So no worries settings, I quickly pulled the sound I wanted this little monster, and the four modes!
Once it has integrated interactions knobs and we know how to fiddle with the knobs of the EQ (sources of great sound and very sensitive wealth) and especially the Gain / Low relationship is a child's play!
For those who have never had to deal with a Rectifier, take the time to master the thing, but it comes as we learn the bike, with patience!
So, I say clearly, simply just great on all points!
Sorry to say but if you are unable to get great sounds from the different channels / modes is that you do not know the address (which is valid for other members of his family also .. .)
I use it mainly in the studio and is a killer ... coupled with a Marshall 1960A or a 2x12 Rectifier is perfect. I have personally tested the Recto 1x12 cabinet but used the speakers with more body, I chose to live my biggest speakers. But to save it goes very well and is very well built (like head whose finish and choice of materials is impeccable).
The ability to switch on each channel and 10W/25W to saturate the EL84 offers new opportunities on a Front with a modified sound color. The Modern mode 10W, with gain 7 and 6-7 Master bringing a little saturation power tubes, for example, allows access to a distortion, full, fat but clearly different from that which is obtained by 25W sound classic Rectifier. But beware, it is necessary to push the beast (especially 10W on channel 2) to enjoy. I take this opportunity to confirm some opinions: it is not at all an apartment amp! It is made to be pushed and this is a portable sudio / snooze / scene and not for a room! Do not let yourself be fooled by its size and if you want to buy to send in your graouh peeping at 22h, go your way ...
Very quiet, no background noise (there is also a lot quieter "at rest" my Roadster) except of course, on channel 2, there is a nice breath ... but it is a High Gain amp, not the perfect tool Jazzman! A small noise gate in the loop and it's all good.
Its great versatility is a huge asset, and even better, it does everything very well. The clean is great, far from the first Dual, like crunches. As I said, it's all about settings and when we found the "sweet spot" of each mode, it is orgasmic.
I acquired upon its release in October 2011 and has (and have owned) a bunch of amps from the JCM800, the Invader, the Krankenstien, through the Roadster .... all beautiful gear war, but the mini heads democratizing I walked in, power / size ratio appealing to me more and more. I have not hurt at the moment (and yeah, I know, I'm a little collector, my wife often told me ....), two Orange (Dark Terror and TH30), a Krankenstein Jr and Blackstar HT-20.
Clearly, the Front I prefer although they are all good. It is more expensive but if it returns the number of sound possibilities that it offers, there is no competitor among my lunchbox, and the price is justified directly.
Its sound quality and workmanship stands out and his presence in the studio is such that I do not use other than for taking very specific sounds.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
RockAlvin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My back and say thank you ... my Dual rest ..."
Having had a single and having a Dual I would have liked it retains the Solo Boost function but I managed it by placing the loop MXR EQ that I used for my Dual and has a boost function volume
If we know the Front Covers, it rolls right now! Otherwise, the knowledge of the mode of operation of the EQ is essential but can be learned very quickly.
The EQ is more sensitive for me (in my memory) than the single and is identical to the Dual. I wanted a portable amp and less complicated than my Dual that I am using as Clean (channel 1) and Disto (Modern / Channel 3), silicon diode mode / bold and the Mini is in relation to this simple to use (but as I said, I know quite well the Front Covers)
I play Metal (Thrash and Death few) in config house (solo) and group (snooze twice a week). Well, the band is a bit dead at the moment, but I tested the Mini 5 or 6 times in these conditions. I said that I play on LTD EC1000 Ecplise (EMG60 and 81) and Mesa cabinets Front Covers (2x12 and 4x12).
When I tried the Mini Recto, slap: I found the sounds of my Dual two minutes but twice smaller. The only difference I could see is a slight shift of the low frequency / low mids up the spectrum due I think to 6L6 EL84 compared to generating a little less depth but if I want to, I can find these frequencies with EQ which is in the loop smoothly.
At home, attention, it sends severe and even 10w but of course it is much more usable than the Dual. Group, no problem, I drilled into the mix without worry and maybe even better than my Dual (EL84) and what with the 2x12 or 4x12.
I love my Dual 25kg but to walk twice a week ..... I was a little tired. I was thinking of buying the Mini to relieve me back but thought alternated with Dual. I was blown away by its similarity with the Dual sound, it is very impressive ... In reality, for the moment, I do not play with the Mini and my Dual rest and I do not know how long it will last but perhaps much longer.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
kikip's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Of gold bar"
If? Ok! All lamps, 2 EL 84, 5 12AX7, 10/25W switchable, 2 modes per channel and there are 2 channels (normal / pushed + vintage / modern)
- EQ treble / mid / bass
- Footswitch included. Yes, it's not like Fender with great field .. From mesa, you offer so you "save" 30 €
I put 9/10 because at that price, they could afford to put a reverb
1) The configuration is so easy, as mentioned above, we per channel:
gain, TREB, mid, bass, presence, master. We really can not get any easier
2) Personally, I have not opened the manual so I do not know if it is clear, but in any case it is sufficient.
3) are easily obtained a good sound. Unlike the Mark V and + Express, you do not need to be a great technician amps to get something good, because we can not have all these EQ that we are wasting our time. They remained simple and effective this model: we move the knobs, the sound is really responsive so we sculpt as desired.
I play a bit of everything and with 4 channels, one has to provide a number of combinations incredible.
The sounds are very clear out the personality of the guitar. I think this is the kind of amp that makes you feel if you scratch a micro rotten or not! Let me explain: on my standard telecaster Mexican (original pickups), it sounds good but it feels a little fishing. A config config DiMarzio EMG and it sounds perfectly.
If you have the opportunity to test this amp, do not do anything with Eagletone! (Or so with the € 1,200 buy you a Telecaster American). I sincerely believe that it takes a minimum guitar "respectable" to bring out the qualities of the amp either clean or saturation.
Anyway, all that to say that the crystalline sound or hot fat or not is up to you and your guitar.
I played this amp on all types of guitars: Vigier supra, Ibanez Prestige RG2550, ESP Eclipse. Never disappointed.
I play mainly on the positions and clean Normal Saturation vintage. With just these two channels you can do anything, just have fun with the gain on the front panel and your volume knob and voila.
The only drawback in my opinion, it is perhaps too big a difference between the normal and clean clean and pushed the saturation and saturation modern vintage. When we pass from one mode to another, you have to turn it down or up because the noise level is very different. Then we like it or not ..
At first, I did not even bother to test it because I was looking for an amp with a good clean and I had in mind that the correct series amps were amps big rockers only .. Error, really big mistake.
I tested other Mesa boogie:
- TA 30: The cleans are great (the 3 normal and top boost tweed), but I find HiGain channels 1 and 2 HiGain really disgusting, even after 1 hour test store, I really do not understand their interest .. For me it was like playing on a Boss DS1. After this is subjective, but I not loved
- Express 5:25: Cleans very clean, although much less possibility that the Transatlantic 30. Channel 2 offers a lot of clean sounds, so there is something for all tastes. Saturated channel level, it is but it does not offer enough to sustain me.
These two mesa format (head not combo) were a little expensive and much less skilled than the mini rectify ..
At other brands I tried the Marshall JVM: I teach you anything, it is for rock, clean limit is nonexistent.
Two-Rock: Mono channel. Clean the best you'll hear in your life but you have to put good price. From mesa, 25W: 1200 €, In Two Rock, 35W = 2200 €
Rectify the mini is the perfect compromise: it has a very good clean and beautiful saturation that made the reputation of the series correct.
With the same budget, I would do this choice. With the extra money, I would price a Two-Rock
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Junky666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Why break your back?"
Metal chassis with retractable handle metal too (and given weight, ergonomic not mind).
Amplification tube Class A / B-84 2xEL 5x12AX7 in power and preamp.
Loop on the rear of the beast with a switch effects loop / true bypass
2 channels each with their own EQ:
Clean channel: switch clean / pushed, gain, treble, middle, bass, presence, master switch 10/25Watts
Disto channel: switch vintage / modern, gain, treble, middle, bass, presence, master switch 10/25Watts
For the rest of the front of the head: input, footswitch, switch canal1/footswitch/canal2, power, standby
Finally, an output and an output 8ohm 4ohm
Super simple setup. I have not read the manual (always tested about an hour in the store with the other guitarist in my group)
I left the other guitarist playing a PRS (2 Dual SD) while I worked to adjust the knobs.
Then all of the approaches, the volume difference between clean and distortion (either modern or vintage) Oo was blatant.
But hey it was not necessarily so disturbing for us to spend sounds. Was quickly able to find the sounds that we liked to clean, it's really beautiful even if we feel that this beast wants to scream metal. so we switched to another channel, I personally preferred the switch in vintage 10watts and the sound is really there but has not been able to get exactly what we wanted. Well, yes, even the minimum 10Watts minimum, if such is lowered 1mm knob no longer any sound, it would send the wood. A little too hard to test in a store in rush hour, it said in the short period of time or that it is permissible to shout the sound, we feel that with time and a good place to let go in peace we will have the great sound of mesa.
This review is not the most interesting point of view sound quality but after all, everyone's ideas about sound. So it seems to me very important, so he has some versatility, I would use good pop-rock, rock, punk, heavy, metal. Yes it is powerful enough to repeat or even make a small concert hall or coffee, and weight it does, why break your back?
The other guitarist swears by a guitarist uses Mesa Dir en Grey, I told him about the head, more affordable and more portable than two. He smiled and told me that it was a gimmick and now during the test, I saw him open his eyes and say "ha yes, anyway!" Ok this is not pe Mesa sound but it is very close to it and in any case we really draw interesting sound and music after only 10 minutes of real test I am stuck with respect to TT, dark terror, signing Jim Root, Ibanez TSA, vox nightrain, H & K TubeMeister ... It has a little more for me is excellent, I play punk rock and hardcore punk hair cell and it is what I was looking for.
The only downside? Ben Oo its price just for that I put a 8! But they did not all circuits of solid gold? I always knew that Mesa must pay the brand but then, I'll be able to save 2 years to tell me that I'm not the irrational madness of the century. That said, if you think about it, there is no reverb but there are two different real channels with a lot of options to really sculpt the ITS, an effects loop, footswitch included, a carrying case and weight really laughable. (I might add as quite personal I love his look). If there are good most of these amps are single channel and around 400-500 euros, so the loop 2 times more often missing I think that it would be worth the trouble ...
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
frapana's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" great art from mesa"
see previous descriptions,
like most of these amps, we must build the knob sounds that we seek,
10w and 25w
2 channels, one switchable effects loop,
the manual is available on the mesa site in English,
clean sounds are superb! surprising on this beast of saturation,
it is not in fender, it's different and very beautiful,
the crunch are downright addictive, it is very U.S., as blizzard
the saturation extraordinary!, pure, cleanly, creamy and singing! he must love the grain mesa, which is my case.
for once this miniaturization is genius, preserve sound this good in a small footprint and reduced power, sacred performance!
resulting in two channels through a versatility that allows virtually cover all the styles: jazz, blues, blues rock, classic rock, metal etc. ...
she loves the Strat that little head, that's good too, it's nirvana!
and plus she likes the naughty micro di marzio home and also those of SD, particularly the high output levels, as is blizzard!
compared with the transatlantic TA15, although this is not the same register and sound regardless of this, I find that the sound reproduction of minirectifier is at a higher level, the sound is more defined, with more body and character, I have yet plugged into the same cabinet mesa
for once the TA 15 take a little bit of obsolescence, it seems lantern next to the correct, you can have it wiped the plasters?
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Tritt's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Really great"
Nice little gadget, the handle can be retracted into the head. A good quality cover marrow is supplied with the machine, very handy too. The footswitch has a good length of cable (unlike my Blackstar HT-5 or the footswitch does not even touch the ground on a 4x12 ...). In addition, the machine is very light compared to my Fireball's just happiness.
The air box frankly robust m'enfin I'm going to take good care you never know
The effects loop is well equipped with bypass switch on the back of the case.
Power level is very important for this type of head, I have a Blackstar HT-5, but I found myself often in concert with the volume knob at full speed. I have not used the correct mini concert but I do not worry. I tried the switch 10 W / 25 W and the difference is huge to me There's really strong enough to send with it without putting up to 100%.
Flaw: no output 16 ohms, only 8 or 4, I have a little con in 16 ohm 1x10 cabinet I would have used this head
Its level, nothing to say is nothing less than the Rectifier, type ultra metal spot but with style and precision. The difference between a Dual and the Mini is frankly not a lot on that side and we can barely conceive of it as possible
The EQ is effective and gain knobs and presence give satisfaction to even the nags of us.
For cons, I remain somewhat skeptical about the switch disto Vintage / Modern which gives a quite similar, the big difference being that the Modern at an output level of about 20% additional, more dynamic and a good boost of treble but the grain is relatively similar.
Tested yesterday for 2 hours with me right on my ENGL 4x12 cabinet.
It's really great material, all handmade in California, I'm glad to be expensive for something that has not been done by Chinese.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful