The one with the ouroboros logo? That's a JP2C, swapped knobs and put my own logo instead of the JP signature thing.
Why I'd get rid of the rest of them? The JP2C (the one with the new Schumacher Transformers) can get 95% there to the sound and feel and manages to have even more gain on tap. A lot of IIC+ bros get really upset when I write this kind of stuff, but it's true. John Petrucci himself tracks with the JP2C, tours with it, uses it non stop. He knows more about these amps than anyone besides Randall and Mike B. I've been back and forth a ton of times and the only big difference is loudness and the DRG. The DRG has a warm punchy sound to it, it's really unmatched in cleans as well. There is some weird magic about how unimaginably loud the IIC+'s are. You cannot physically crank the Master past 3-4 (with the Lead Master turned up quite a bit too) without being in physical distress
. I think that's what the hullabaloo is about. Nothing else about the Mesa lineup right now really gets me excited.
I also feel deeply uncomfortable with how much these amps are going for. I don't really want to own a single amp that goes for $10k let alone multiple. It feels like a liability. It also feels weird selling these for multiple times what I bought them for, but if I don't someone else will. 🤷♂️
The Badlander? Fuck. Ordered one with a co-worker through our old rep, got a new rep, got updates on it.. It's starting, chassis is complete, waiting on headshell, headshell complete will ship soon, etc.. Got an email from our new rep saying the old guy left the company and the amp never actually got made. However the new guy was the one giving us all the updates..? Was there an accident? Did it get dropped? Did it explode in QC? Did they want to bump us off because we got in before price hikes? I don't know. They won't tell me. Gave us a chance to back out or stay on order. Coworker backed out, I stayed on. Did I get to jump to the top of the queue? Are they fast tracking it? I have no idea. They're sparse with updates. I've thought about cancelling. I should mention we got it at discounted pricing and I ordered a custom headshell. I'm not mad. I'm just confused.