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52 Amplifier Heads, week 16—Mesa Boogie Transatlantic TA-15

If I lived in the United Kingdom and I wanted to purchase a Mesa Boogie amplifier direct from the manufacturer, then that would have to be delivered using trans-Atlantic means. I live in Australia though. So I'd have to rely on trans-Pacific means. Unfortunately Mesa Boogie don't make a Transpacific amplifier head that I'm aware of. They do however make a Transatlantic TA-15 and it looks awesome.

I promise the rest of this article is about an awesome sounding amplifier head and less about geography. I apologise for any learning I may have caused.

My Magnum story

Last year I wrote the first of my Scarebear's Guitars articles. I did that for a few reasons. Firstly, I thought it would be a good thing to write about something I knew more about than my regular articles (on account of the subject matter being my own gear). Not that I generally don't know what I'm talking about (just to be clear). Secondly, I figured it would be worthwhile highlighting that the things I write about, I own. I haven't been lucky enough yet to experience the whole gear on loan for review experience. That would be cool though. Feel free to send me gear. Most importantly though, I started the series because this is my website and technically that makes me Scarebear. Logic!

For the second article in the series—that would be this very article—I figured I'd write about my Magnum semi acoustic guitar. That seemed logical to me because it was the second guitar I acquired (from my current collection). I've owned other guitars, but they were so bad I had to let them go. I'd also like to say now that if you ended up on this page because you Googled My Magnum looking for something other than a guitar, well, I'm sorry. It's funny when you think about it though. My Magnum is an axe and not a gun!

Guitar humour!

52 Amplifier Heads, week 15—Fender Super Champ X2

This week I thought I'd write about one of the amplifier heads that I know very little of, from one of the companies I know the most about. Confused? Welcome to my world. The Fender Super Champ X2 head is 15 watt tube amplifier head that offers something most other amplifier heads in this article series don't (or can't)—voicing. What is voicing? One thing is for sure, it's got less to do with vocals than you may think.

If you've never read anything from my website before, please don't take too much of what I say seriously. You'll quickly become uninformed.

Steinberg UR22—my chosen audio interface

Almost a month ago I wrote an article suggesting there were too many audio interface options out there for inexperienced people like me to choose from. How can you expect to know which option is the right one for your needs? How do you separate the lesser options from those that are so superior you find yourself screaming "Shutup and take my money!"? I did the only thing I could. I asked the Interweb to provide me with answers. And provide it did. I ended up buying the Steinberg UR22. Surprisingly (perhaps) it wasn't even in my original list of options!

52 Amplifier Heads, week 14—THD Univalve

One thing that has been enjoyable for me as I research different amplifier heads each week is learning what tube or valve options are out there. Some amplifiers have 6L6 tubes, some have EL34 tubes and some have the KT66 tubes. What does someone like me (with limited understanding of the tube types) do with this information?  Perhaps someone like me needs to get themselves an amplifier head like the THD Univalve that lets you switch the tubes quickly and easily without a need to re-bias the amp. Cool right?


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