It’s weird… I’ve long admired how other people sound through Mesa/Boogie amps, but have never bonded with one when trying them. It’s been that way for going on 20 years now. When it comes to feel, I’m more a Fender and Marshall guy.
Fast-forward to recently, and Mesa release perhaps their most British-inspired amp yet, the Triple Crown. Not only is it possible to start with the tone controls at noon and get decent sounds - try that on your Mark Five! - but it sounds and feels great! I absolutely love this thing! (well, ok, not the CabClone…) but the rest is awesome!
If you’ve always found Mesa amps to feel kind of stiff, give the Triple Crown a shot. Definitely try it through something closed-back with V30’s.
There’s also a 100-watt version out or coming out soon, and that one has channel-assignable power scaling.