Mesa Marks are hard to dial, IRL. IMHO. So in that sense the model is accurate. Always found them non-intuitive...And you sir are correct!
In the 20 minutes or so since I posted, I abandoned the original factory preset with it’s 4 or 5 scenes and ambled over to my AustinBuddy Naked Amps presets with the same amp and they sound nothing alike! Much, much better. Wow that factory preset was just not for me. I just wrote over it with the AB Naked Amp version.
Nice lesson for me. Never judge an amp by it’s factory preset.
Nothing to see here boys... nothing to see!
During one of the Quantum firmware updates on the II that focused on those amps, everyone was raving, I remember getting frustrated and going to Youtube and looking up tutorials on how to dial the real amp... I just treated the model like it was the amp. It worked great. My settings were nearly 1:1 with the dude in one of the vids where I particularly dug the results... and it sounded within individual unit/room/cab variation to me. Nice.