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Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-15 Head
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Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-15 Head
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Flo Jobb Flo Jobb

« An amp not just "smaller" »

Publié le 01/02/11 à 09:42
Everything is already said, to summarize:

-Approximately 5 kg, for very small dimensions (roughly HxWxD = 31.5 x12, 5x13, 5 cm). Handle on top, not very comfortable to carry though as fine enough, knowing that it is the same that is used when the cart around in bag (hole in the cover to protrude the handle). Advisories yourselfers, add foam around will not be redundant ...
However, we must admit that the level of the overall size is close to the joke is so small. What is very significant, and has directed at the base, my purchase.

-Amplifier Tube

-Jack input, switch input, speaker output ... and basta (lacking, as pointed out, an effects loop, hence my note on this point)

-5/15/25 Watt switchable, a sufficient power reserves for the stage (25-watt lamps, it is already very strong, that I would never use it I think ...) as for his room. This is not the sole interest of the switch, as I explain later

-Canal "clean" gain / treble / bass / cut (acts as the inverse of a button presence, serving as master of the channel via a push-pull) switches normal (clear sound "traditional") - Top Boost (clean / crunch type vox), and switch watss 5-15-25

-Channel "drive" gain / treble / bass / master switch tweed (clean / crunch type fender) - Hi1 (crunch / distortion type English) - Hi2 (crunch / distortion type Mesa), and always switch 5-15 -25 watts (which we did so, to summarize, one on each channel)

Switch-channel, of course, to leave in the middle if you use the footswitch

-Carrying Case, footswitch jack and HP provided

-Handmade in the USA

UTILIZATION

A priori nothing very complicated, at least for basic usage: each knob fulfills its role in an obvious way, different modes have a real impact on the sound, according to the question "Is it easy to get a good sound, c is somewhat more complicated, what I will detail below.

I do not know how to rate this category as it is for me inseparable from that which follows, and "achieving" easily "a good sound is not necessarily a sign of very good overall sound, otherwise to have the sound of everyman ... So I would put just "correct" here, with a slight haggling for a master channel which is accessible only via push-pull m&#39;enfin good ...

SOUNDS

Lag used with AK100 (Korean manufacturing, two double coils, no more nice guitar), and a 1x12 cabinet Engl 112V (closed back, close enough to baffle the mesa on which I tested the head shop)

- Start with the clear sound:

on channel 1, as on channel 2 with the mode "tweed" is beautiful, crisp, punchy, and warm, in short, all the qualities of the world. Channel 1 with the normal mode without pushing the gain too saturated, unlike the top boost mode that saturates at slightly more than the race of winning. Channel 2 tweed is about the same as a normal mode, but fills a hair faster, with its barely different, and the direct link button master button cut. How useful, then you tell me? Well ... I property.

- The crunch and distortion sounds: It&#39;s a bit more complex.

Not really big distos on this amp, pedal mandatory for those interested. Personally, I expect to receive at EHX graphic fuzz, to "add to" things a little, without distorting the original sound (in my opinion a bit stupid if you slap a little over 1000 euros in this head, buy as many single-channel ...)

The distos Hi-1 and Hi-2 channel a priori reserved to it are therefore relatively conventional overdrive, becoming dirtier with increasing gain (surprisingly so), I have still not seen any real difference between the two, the Hi-2 is a bit less subtle, but ... Everything must depend on the guitar used for mine nothing extraordinary, but it sounds (we will see later when I could afford ...).
According to Mesa, Hi-1 is typed Marshall, while Hi-2 would be typed Lead Mesa. Hmm ... May be, to do more volume, I have not had much opportunity to fully explore the 25 watts, given what it emerges.

When the "top boost" on channel 1, it remains for the moment my sound crunch / overdrive favorite: the definition and the sound of the guitar are exemplary even by pushing the gain. Very good English rock edgy. For my use, so I reversed the roles of the two channels and it does really well, hence the need for tweed clean sound on channel 2.

Last point on the sounds, the fact of choosing between 5-15 and 25 watts is not a question of volume: it changes the lamps used amplification, and thus the sound. We are thus in pure Class A / 1 lamp on the 5 watts, Class A Push / Pull / 2 15-watt lamps on, and Class A / B Dyna Watts 2 25 watt lights on. This radically changes the tone and opens up greater possibilities. For example, the sound is somewhat compressed on the 5 watt mode, allowing a more distal "thick" not pushing so much gain and lose definition.

Being able to select the power on each channel allows, by adjusting the master to obtain the same level of output two different voltages, and thus broaden the range sound again. However, attention to the large variation of the type 25-5 watts, a big "PLOP" is heard in the channel change suddenly, due to an excessively high current change (which is specified in the instructions, however, so no surprises. ..)

OVERALL OPINION

After a month of intensive testing, that is my opinion on the beast.

The most compelling are its size and footprint, versatility, and its sounds.

As for flaws, no effects loop and hi-gain sounds really are the greatest. Yes, of course the price also (although I remember that before a product is entirely handmade in the USA, it is relatively far from the quality / price for Fender ... And we&#39;re also in the presence of importers that eat relatively well on the margins generated ...)

We can blame him some research of sound (especially distortion, the clean sound is not really a problem), but personally I always liked to take the lead at least to get to what suits me ... As I said above, its easy to get one does not necessarily guarantee a great sound ... For example I keep the memory of the SansAmp bass driver, bass pedal, which adds instant balls and this sound very "grind" on bass, erasing him in passing the 3 / 4 of his personality ...

It therefore y &#39;choices at times, if you want a box that can get you out Mesa Dual Rectifier sound you&#39;ve always dreamed of 2 / 3 rounds of knobs, it&#39;s not here (I confess Yet that is what I hoped before trying it). on the other hand, if you&#39;re ready to get the perfect mix between English and his combo mesa behind every switch of the head to take him in any register, you can go, not without having tried of course ...
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