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Mesa/Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 30-Watt Head Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from Phila. PA November 17, 2013Music Background:
    40 Year Pro Musician

    Mesa TA-30

    I guess that 1 reviewer just got a bad batch... My reverb is NOT noisy at all. This head is AWESOME, it can give you ANY tone you like with minimal adjustment, and the best part is, it only weighs 20 lbs.

  • from Waxahachie, Texas September 17, 2013Music Background:
    Guitar player since 1969 , played on the road with Razin' Cain around Dallas and all over Oklahoma in the 80's and various other local bands.

    Fell In love

    I had a chacne to play on one at a benefit I did locally and LOVED it . The blue glow caught my fancy too . I knew it was a long shot but had to have one and finally got it. I purchased the Ta30-2x12 combo .......built like a tank and just as heavy, It came with a nice cover and free set of wheels but I could not take a chance on this handiwork. I bought a Gator Case for it and it has it's own wheels. Dang Mesa al the rumors are true. You folks built a killer amp. This one is a keeper . I can probably sell my pedal board and buy a few stomp pedals for chorus etc, Amp modeling is a thing of the past . I have Strats and Pauls and can't wait to try them ALL out on it . The price is the only thing that delayed me. I was sold from the first chord I played on it , Solo's sound great too. They got me an ovationa and I credit a lot of that to the tone of this masterpiece of craftmanship . Thanks Mesa for making my dream come true . This is the BEST amp I've owned including my Marshalls and Lab Series and Ampegs . Dave in Waxahachie, Tx.

  • from Allen, TX May 6, 2013Music Background:
    Blues, Rock, Country

    A Tone Chest

    Vox, Fender Marshall and Mesa tones can be had with this amp.
    Reviewed 10 or more EL84 amp builders to get both clean chime and Plexi gain, never thought this gem would produced versatility in tone. No other amp had the TransAtlantic mix. I am now using less pedals compared to my previous amp. After careful review of other EL84 amps on the market the TA-30 is a great price point and feature rich for quality and quantity. Do not forget Mesa superior customer support and their 5 year warranty.

  • from Santa Barabara CA July 27, 2011Music Background:

    Mesa Boogie TA 30 2x 12 combo

    Reviews on this baby are hard to find.
    This amp ROCKS!!!!
    Played it next to vintage tweeds and AC 15/30 and it really nails the
    Sound and is built like a Tank.
    Takes pedals very well and sounds amazing with Tele, Les Pauls
    And Rickenbackers. This amp brings out the unique character of each
    Of these. If you got the money.... Don't hesitate!!

  • from Itabira, MG Brazil July 19, 2011Music Background:
    Hobbyist Musician

    The Best Kept Secret From Mesa/Boogie - An Oustanding Amp

    Some could find it pricy, after all $1500 doesn't look a bargain at all. But this one is a keeper. If you have a chance to put your hands in one, probabily you will never need another amp in your life again. It's got that chimey Vox tone everyone is searching for, and i'm not talking about a MDF chinese cabinet AC15 from today. You've got a authentic vintage AC 15 or 30 made in England direct from the past... Marshall Plexi? You've got it! Fender Bassman? It's right there... Spring Reverb? You can bet! EFX Loop? Yep! And best of all: All american handmade with american components and a lifetime Mesa warranty. What else could you possibily ask for? Go get it!!!

  • from SF, CA September 23, 2011Music Background:
    Blues/Vintage Rock player

    One Negative!

    I found the reverb noisy. When "bypass" was switched on...QUIET!
    Found this on 3 TA-30 amps (heads and 2X12 combo). Ended up with the Mark V head and 2X12" cab. Very happy with the Mark V!

  • from San Francisco, CA September 13, 2011Music Background:
    Solo Artist

    Mesa TA-30 Head

    Been going back and forth on the combo or head. Finally(?) decided to try the head with a 1X12" open back TA cabinet . Great useful Blues Vintage Rock tones galore. Can always go to a 2X12" cabinet if the "World Tour" should start up :>). Comped it with the 2X12" combo amp, which dispersed the sound and had considerably more depth. Found the 2X12" combo a bit of a back breaker, but much lighter than a Vox AC-30 2X12". Vox, Fender Marshall and Mesa tones can be had with this amp.
    The head is a work of art. Althought the lettering is stil tough to see, the controls are in front...where the should be! After time I develop a sense of where the controls are.
    Comped this amp to a Mesa Mark V Head 2X12Cab and the Carr Mercury and Carr Rambler. Sold the Mark to get the TA-30 because it has more useful tones and has FAR less knobs and toggles. Any tube changes will be much easier to accomplish with the TA head.
    Pluses: Tone, headroom, portability, ease of use
    Negs: Nothing..yet

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