Ah. I see what you guys are saying. I never made that connection, probably because of the particular types of Mesas and Marshall’s I’ve played the most. When I had a JCM2000 running next to Dual Rec, I tended to dial them in with similar settings, paying particular attention to how the high end and presence controls on each. As one thing I was always cognizant of not having excessive fizz or brightness.
I also found that Dual Rec to be darker until you wired to a different cab. Then all bets were off. My favorite combination was probably the Dual Rec through the oversized 1960TV closed back cab.
Thinking back on it, I would agree that original Mark 2 and the C+ were a bit darker by nature than the JMPs and Bluesbreakers. But I wouldn’t say the same about the Nomad, Stiletto, or Maverick. I will say that I think the 2B and C+ record much better than any of the other 3. They’re both really incredible amps. I love 'em to death!