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While the TA-30 control layout is rather sparse (for a MESA), there is a lot more going on internally than might be apparent at first glance. Make no mistake, this is not a low line offering, but rather a power experiment in the world of simplicity. In every way the TA-30 stands proud alongside MESA's larger multi channel offerings with the same components, build quality, versatility and performance. an equal in every way except weight and mass.
The two Channels offer Mode choices that roam the Atlantic with Channel 1 focusing on the British side of the Pond and Channel 2 incorporating both British and American sounds.
Channel 1 offers two Modes that pay tribute to the Vox heritage; a lower gain NORMAL Mode that delivers shimmering higher headroom clean sounds and TOP BOOST, MESA's take on one of the most iconic Brit sounds ever, that excels at clipped rhythm and lead sounds.
Channel 2 packs three selectable Modes and this Channel alone offers more stylistically divergent landscapes than many whole amps. TWEED follows the Southern Cal vintage line to deliver gorgeous clean chording sounds that have more low end and breathy air than Channel 1 NORMAL - and yet clips smooth and furry when pushed. From there HI 1 jumps back to the U.K for a Brit style higher-gain Mode that, when set lower, romps on vintage crunch rhythm sounds with stripped urgency. HI 1 also delivers searing high gain solo sounds that retain a crisp, definitive attack as the GAIN control is cranked. Finally, another crossing and you're back in Petaluma, CA for the smooth warmth of the high gain Boogie lead voice found in HI 2. This Mode adds low-end girth and sweetens the attack frequencies to produce a fatter, rounder tone that is great for single note work. (More Below)
Add to all this preamp versatility MESA's patented Multi-Watt™ Power and you have the ultimate tools to craft a sound that is all yours. Multi-Watt allows you to match one of three perfect power-response characteristics to each of the Modes and footswitch between two iconic sounds.
The 15W position on the Multi-Watt™ mini toggle in each Channel captures the old world magic of 15 watts running in Class A which - along with being ultimately clippable - emphasizes a truly precious blend of warmth and lined-up, chiming harmonics at low playing volumes.
The 30 watt setting brings aboard the Push-Pull wiring scheme while remaining in Class A and pumps up the wattage for the perfect blend of iconic vintage response, manageable power and sweet, smooth clip.
From there things take a leap forward in time and power to MESA's Patented Dyna-Watt™ power in the upper 40W position. This incredibly dynamic power scheme switches the wiring style to Class AB and allows the headroom to increase dramatically by unleashing a burst of power at the instant of attack. Voltage is stored-up and released in a time-specific burst from the power supply continuously as you play, creating punch headroom and tight-tracking authority well beyond your expectations.
The Hard-Bypassable Series Effects Loop allows you to interface outboard processing without degrading your signal for effects such as chorus, delay flange or anything that doesn't sound right on the "front end" (between the guitar and amp). The TA-30's Loop works well with both Pedal and Rackmount processors and provides ample headroom and drive to accommodate both with Toneful finesse.
All this control over both the preamp architecture and power section wiring styles combined with the simplicity of the Gain and Tone Controls create a package that allows for instant gratification and long-term exploration.
How you choose to enjoy the Trans Atlantic is your call, but MESA feels confident that no matter what type of stylistic arena you find yourself in, the tools are here for you to craft your own signature version of these classic sounds.