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Mesa Boogie Transatlantic TA-15

January 15, 2010 by  



Mesa-Boogie-TransAtlantic-TA-15-guitar-ampMesa Boogie Engineering never ceases to disappoint. With the growing popularity of low wattage lunch box- and toaster oven-sized heads, such as the Vox Night Train, Orange Tiny Terror and the new Jet City JCA20H, Mesa are now deep in the hunt with the introduction of the TransAtlantic TA-15.

From Mesa Boogie’s website:

Legendary tone in a lunchbox — Weighing in at Only 12 Pounds!

Introducing the Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-15, the new micro-dynamo from MESA Engineering. While they may be the last to show at the lunchbox amp party, there is good reason for this stylishly late appearance… Mesa Boogie Engineering saw another chance to redefine a genre.

The TA-15 packs all the footswitchable performance – including Mesa’s patented MULTI-WATT Channel Assignable Power – found in our high-end full-size models and offers the most classic British and American sounds in a beautiful 12 3/8”W x 6 3/4”D x 5 7/8”H package that weighs only 12 pounds!

Two channels feature 5 Modes that cross the Atlantic with ultimate finesse and flexibility, creating the most portable all-tube gig companion ever. Choose a preamp style in each channel and then select the perfect power for it from 3 super expressive output choices; 5 Watts Single-Ended CLASS A, 15 Watts CLASS A or 25 Watts of patented Dyna-Watt power.

The Channel Modes start off with lower gain NORMAL and higher gain classic versions of the iconic TOP BOOST sound in Channel 1, which includes an ingenious Pull MASTER on the CUT control that can be Hard Bypassed for purists. Channel 2 houses three Modes; a gorgeous TWEED clean, a British high gain in HI 1 and a classic Boogie Lead in HI 2.

mesa-boogie_ta-15_switchclusterAll this Tone and performance comes to you travel-ready in its sturdy padded gig bag that holds both Power Cable and Footswitch and allows easy access of the Retractable Handle. So prepare for a smooth Crossing as you enjoy the best of both sides of the pond with the new TransAtlantic.

Transatlantic TA-15 on cab Multi-Watt, Channel Assignable Power Amp featuring Duo-Class and Dyna-Watt technologies providing three power and operating class options that are channel assignable via independent 5/15/25 Watt Power Switches: Choose 1 power tube operating in pure Class A Single-Ended, producing 5 Watts – 2 tubes operating in pure Class A Push-Pull, producing 15 Watts or 2 tubes operating in Mesa’s Patented Dyna-Watt Power that maximizes the power and punch of time-honored Class A/B power / 2xEL-84 & 4x12AX7

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Front Panel Cluster 2 Fully Independent Channels with 5 Style Modes – Channel 1 features Normal (Brit Clean) or Top Boost Modes with Multi-Watt Power Switch (5/15/25 Watt), Volume (gain), Treble, Bass, Cut w/Pull Master – Channel 2 features Tweed, Hi 1 (Brit Gain) & Hi 2 (Fat Gain) Modes with Multi-Watt Power Switch (5/15/25 Watt), Gain, Treble, Bass & Master controls.

This amp looks amazing! But how does it sound? We’ll get more information on the all-new Mesa Boogie Transatlantic TA-15 as it’s released. Can’t wait to get my hands on this little guy. I bet you are wondering on a price for this little monster. Check here for prices as it’s updated.

Check out the images provided by Mesa Boogie:

Transatlantic TA-15 Specifications:

  • All Metal Chassis – Black Crinkle and Platinum Pearl Powder
  • Ultra Compact, Portable Design with Massive Tone & Amazing New Styling – 12 3/8”W x 6 3/4”D
    x 5 7/8” H – Weighs Only 12 Pounds
  • 1 Button Footswitch (Channel 1/2)
  • Padded Gig Bag w/Strap
  • Fixed Bias for consistent, maintenance free performance
  • 2xEL-84 & 4x12AX7

Comments

16 Responses to “Mesa Boogie Transatlantic TA-15”
  1. Waltz says:

    I think you meant “never ceases to disappoint”
    Great article and great pictures though. Thanks

  2. Steve says:

    Starting with, “Mesa Boogie Engineering never ceases to disappoint.” Doesn’t jibe with the ending of, “This amp looks amazing! But how does it sound? We’ll get more information on the all-new Mesa Boogie Transatlantic TA-15 as it’s released. Can’t wait to get my hands on this little guy.”

    You could possibly lead with, “Mesa Boogie Engineering never disappoints.” Or, you could just drop the sentence completely.

    Nice introduction to the amp. I anxiously await your review.

    Fair notice: I’m a very happy Mesa amp owner.

  3. Scott says:

    Yeah, that first sentence struck me as odd too…

  4. Chaz says:

    I feel like I cheated Mesa Boogie for making such a big error. Thanks for finding it for me.

  5. ian says:

    It May be a small amp but being Mesa Boogie the price will be Large I think,and that will put many of us poor musicians off it.

  6. Kevin says:

    What’s it gonna cost.The Orange Tiny Terror is $750 online

  7. Mike O. says:

    Heard the Transatlantic at the Boogie company store in Hollywood and it is phenomenal! I have always been a fan of Boogie clean sounds, but never liked the midrange heavy overdrive on the more affordable amps. This amp has it all, pristine clean and natural sounding overdrive. I have already ordered one. Can’t Wait!

  8. Chaz says:

    Rock on! When will it arrive?

  9. Mike O. says:

    According to Boogie, they are shipping the end of February, and I should be smiling by early March!

  10. Dr. D. says:

    Hi..

    Got one of the first ones shipped.

    The amp is amazing.

    Pros:
    – Channel 1 in “top boost” mode delivers VOX chime as promised. Sounds great with a 2×12 cabinet. Even sounds great with 1×12 or 1×10, but the 2×12 allows it to really “breathe” in the 15 and 25 watt modes.
    – Channel 2 also delivers three amazing tones as promised. “Tweed” models a Blackface Deluxe nicely. H1 sounds amazing as a Marshall stand-in; I find myself using this mode the most. H2 sounds like a Boogie as advertised, but more like the Lone Star than other products. Again, with a 2×12 cab this channel sings but 1×12 or 1×10 does nicely for more intimate settings. A 4×12 with the 25 watt mode rips in H1 mode; it is impressive.
    – You can great tones in 5 watt mode, but you must use it in the correct context.

    Cons:
    – I know that product simplcity is the objective here, but it would be incredible to be able to access the 3 modes in Channel 2 via a footswitch. Folks in cover bands would appreciate this feature.
    – The price may be prohibitive for many people (bewteen $800-$900). I am fortunate that in that I had budgeted and saved for several months to buy a “new toy” straight up prior to shopping.

    Overall, before buying this product you must understand why you want it in the first place. I needed more versatility in a low wattage amp (switchable between edgy clean and nicely overdriven) that I use in small settings, and for quick set up situations (e.g., open mike nights) that I could transport easily.

    If these are among your objectives, the amp will fit your needs perfectly.

    However, if you need a Marshall stack, save your coin and get a Marshall stack. If you need an AC 30 all of the time, get an AC 30. If you need a Tweed Bassman, by all means get one! (Are you detecting a pattern here?)

    So, if you can afford it, and have clearly defined needs that match the features offered by this amp, it beats the others in its domain (e.g, Night train, Tiny terror, etc.) hands down.

    Hope this helps.

  11. Chaz says:

    Great review of the Transatlantic Dr. D. Thanks for sharing! I’m sure it’ll be helpful to a lot of guitar players out there.

  12. Ger says:

    I’ve had one for a month and it is fantastic. Cover band player’s dream.
    I’ve used it at small venues un-miked and miked through a P.A. at medium and large venues. Does the job well. Read Dr. D’s post above. He has is right.

  13. Mike O. says:

    I have had one now for a little over a month, and I do love it. Very versatile, good clean sound, great dirty sound in the “Marshall” setting on channel two. I play it through a 1×12 cabinet on larger gigs and a 1×10 in small intimate settings. Recording in the 5 watt setting through the 1×10 amp is close to miraculous!!

    Great job Mesa!

  14. Dr. D. says:

    More data to report….

    Last Saturday, used the TA-15 in a club setting with a Mesa 2×12 cab (Black Shadow Celestions). Sounded great all night. Go many “wows” and compliments on my tone from other musicians there.

    Today, used it with the 2×12 for an outdoor gig. Was going to use my Lone Star head, and the TA-15 as my backup, but decided to “stress test” the TA-15 in another setting. Placed the speaker cab on top its road case to let the sound project better, and set the amp in 25 watt mode.

    Sounded awesome on both channels.

    The TA-15 was definitely a worthwhile investment!

  15. Ian Jensen says:

    Do you want a small 25 watt amp which will sound better than this will after a rebuild, buy an old Peavey Bravo tear out the old baffle board which is made of chipboard and replace with 18mm birch ply, then put in a new celestion gold 50watt speaker and change the tubes to JJ’S or Harma tubes from a british company called Watford Valves, it will sound even better if you put it thru’ a mesa boogie V pedal it’ll rock your socks off.

  16. Robert says:

    I would love to see this as a small combo amp. A light weight grab and go that I can take to jams, small venues, teaching and even the occasional session.

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