Introducing: The TransAtlantic TA-30 ~ Heads and Combos

by Boogie on December 20, 2010

in Mesa Boogie Guitar Products, New Products

TransAtlantic TA-30 Head

The NEW TransAtlantic TA-30 in head format (click to enlarge or for Gallery Slideshow)

TA-30: The TransAtlantic comes of age

Following the overwhelming success of the TransAtlantic TA-15, a new addition is ready to take the center stage in the growing TransAtlantic fleet. The new TransAtlantic TA-30 takes everything you loved about the king of lunchbox sized micro-amps, the TA-15, and raises the bar for power, performance, versatility and tone. The TA-30 shares all of the amazing tone, classic looks, convenient portability and the highest quality American made construction as its more compact sibling, yet, the new formats of the TA-30 paves the way for the next levels of the TransAtlantic experience.


TransAtlantic TA-30 Head front view

The ingenious chassis design makes the TA-30 available in multiple formats to suit any need. As a stand-alone metal encased head (shown above) and styled similarly to the TA-15, the new TA-30 Head is only 5 inches wider and 5 pounds heavier.  For rack applications, the exact same chassis can also be rackmounted and fits in the standard 19 1/2 inch rack format for your next rack build.

Combos, Combos, COMBOS!

Perhaps the most exciting of its newly available format options is the all new, classically styled 1×12 and 2×12 TA-30 combos.

The TransAtlantic TA-30 1x12 combo

The TransAtlantic TA-30 1x12 combo (click to enlarge)

The TA-30 combo styling provides an introduction to one of three brand new grille options for 2011. A Gray & Black Woven Jute compliments the spotlight on the ’39 Ford-inspired ‘old chrome’ grille and Mesa Engineering logo with the grille framed by a classic TV-style front panel. Speaking of spotlights, the striking blue glow made famous in the TA-15 pours out of the top and front of the TA-30, while tastefully illuminating your settings on darker stages.

TA-30 Combo Front Close Up

TransAtlantic TA-30 1x12 combo. New Grille, Blue Glow and rear mounted orientation (click to enlarge)

Another first for Mesa and the TA-30 as a combo is the top facing, rear mounting of the chassis which pays tribute to the feel and interface of the Vox heritage.

TransAtlantic TA-30 1x12 Combo Top Rear View

Tube maintenance and replacement is as easy as any Mesa with ready access to power tubes just behind the removable tube cage. Preamp tubes are easily accessible by removing six screws on the rear panel vent pictured below.

TransAtlantic TA-30 1x12 combo rear view

TransAtlantic TA-30 1x12 combo rear view (click to enlarge)


TransAtlantic TA-30 1×12 Combo

Height          x          Width          x          Depth             ~        Weight
18″                               23″                            12″                  43 lbs.

TransAtlantic TA-30 2×12 Combo
18″                               26 3/4″                      12″                  59 lbs.

(These weights and dimensions are currently approximate but VERY close to final weight & measurements – no roadcases should be made according to these measurements until further notice.)

Key New Features of TA-30 vs TA-15:

TransAtlantic TA-30 Front Panel

TransAtlantic TA-30 Front Panel (click to enlarge)

  • More Power: 15 or 30 Watts Class A, 40 Watts Dyna-Watt, Class A/B
  • Channel Assignable, Long Spring Reverb w/Independent Channel Controls
  • Channel Assignable, Fully Buffered FX Loop
  • Channel Independent True-Bypass Switches to Remove FX Loop & Reverb
  • Pull Boost Gain Control on Channel 2
  • Fan Cooled
  • 2 Button Footswitch (Channel 1/2 & Reverb)

While the core tone and features remain as they were originally conceived and designed in the TA-15, the big brother TA delivers some obvious new features as well as some thoughtful and gig ready innovations found only on the TA-30.


The TA-30 provides three different selectable power options for each channel via our patented Multi-Watt™, Channel Assignable Power Amp (Patent 7,602,927) featuring Duo-Class™ AND Dyna-Watt™ (Patent 4,713,624) power operation. Choose between:

  • 2 EL-84 power tubes operating in pure Class A Push-Pull, producing 15 Watts
  • 4 EL-84 tubes operating in pure Class A Push-Pull, producing the classic and undeniable 30 Watt magic, or
  • 4 EL-84 tubes operating in Mesa’s Patented Dyna-Watt™ Class A/B, producing 40 Watts

The TA-30 delivers both wattage and ESPECIALLY volume beyond it’s namesake (and likely beyond your ears belief) in it’s patented Dyna-Watt Class A/B operation. There’s tremendous punch and headroom and mind-boggling overall volume potential that will dwarf levels you’ve heard from competing four-tube EL-84 amps. Prepare to have your eyelids peeled back while simultaneously basking in the tone that clean power and headroom delivers. For those of you who have had the pleasure of running a TA-15 through larger format cabs like 2x12s and even 4x12s can appreciate what the little TA can do in that arena… It’s fair to say that 4x12s and full stacks could be in for a workout on 40 watts with a TA-30 driving multiple speakers.

Want the volume but looking for the tonal flavor to lean more toward sweeter and warmer with more inclination to the classic Brit-inspired sparkle, shimmer and clip? 30 watts of Class A Push/Pull power takes you right there. That’s all we’re gonna say about it.

And if you want to add more clip to the drive that comes alive when the gain gets cranked, 15 watts Class A adds the haze and tube smear that you can only get when power section gets pushed into saturation. Maybe you want to scale the amps power back for some quieter home practice? Or… clipped sounds in the studio that only the lower wattages produce? Multi-Watt™ provides and then some.

Whatever the usage, assign your favorite wattage to each channel and instantly switch between clipped bliss to massive headroom and volume. The many textures of power section glory that Multi-Watt™ Power provides awaits your mode choice in the two versatile channels.

Channel 2 GAIN BOOST Pull-Pot

TransAtlantic TA-30 Front Panel switch cluster and new Gain Boost pull control

New Gain Boost pull control adds gain in all 3 modes of Channel 2 when selected

In the spirit of amplifier design Feng Shui, the Channel 2 Gain Boost Pull-Pot was born. The acclaim for the Channel 1 Cut Control doubling as a Channel Master (when pulled) led us to want to dream up something useful for Channel 2 that flanks the amp’s switch cluster. What do guitarists always want more of in their amps? How about a Gain Boost?

And not only does the Gain Boost in Channel 2 take the HI 1 & HI 2 into over-the-top high gain, it can also boost to the Channel 2 Tweed mode as well.  The American Clean of Channel 2 just got taken down to the garage and hopped up with some additional horsepower.

FX Loop

TransAtlantic TA-30 Head rear panel view

TransAtlantic TA-30 Head rear panel view (click to enlarge)

You spoke, we listened and now the TA-30 delivers it. While the compact size of the TA-15 didn’t provide the necessary circuit real estate to employ the high-quality all-tube buffered FX loop circuitry we require (we refuse to settle for anything less in such an important amplifier junction point as the Loop),  the TA-30 brings the FX loop to the TransAtlantic line. The Loop feature being added required the front panel to offers a True Bypass Switch for BOTH the Loop AND the All-Tube Long Spring Reverb. If you’re wanting just the signal path of the amp’s tone you can bypass the entire Loop and Reverb circuits PER Channel, which also doubles as programmable loop option if you want FX and Reverb on one channel but a dry amp sound on the other. Nice.


The TA-30 boasts one of our deepest and best All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb circuits yet and includes an independent Reverb control PER CHANNEL for level (or off) as you like. And, via the True Bypass feature mentioned above, the Reverb is also Channel Assignable as well. Surf’s up and the Reverb’s fine…

What next?

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 our larger multi-channel offerings with the same components, build quality, versatility and performance built into every Mesa product… and equal in every way except weight and mass.

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 both instant gratification AND long-term exploration. From professional touring and gigging to club dates, pro studio to home studio and all points in-between, the TA-30 has what you need. No matter where your music takes you, the TA-30 is your passport to a world of classic American and Brit inspired tones and beyond, all in one package, with features that will inspire your music and help you sound your best wherever you are. If you’re looking for an amp of  impeccable build quality, exceptional performance and all within an unsurpassed range of classic and rock-renowned tones and from a surprisingly light, portable package… well… your dream amp has just arrived!

Stay tuned for Audio/Video sound samples coming soon and give a call to your local Authorized Mesa Dealer and let them know you can’t wait to take one of these for a spin. Currently slated for early 2010 availability, the line will wrap around the block fast. Hop on board and we hope you end up being as blown away with the possiblities as we have been throughout the design process.

As always, give a call to the Customer Service Gurus at Mesa with any questions you may have about this or any other Mesa inquiries and questions you may have. We’re open Monday through Thursday, 9AM-5PM Pacific Standard Time and we look forward to talking tone with you. 707 778 6565

TRANSATLANTIC™ TA-30 – Complete Features List:

•  Custom Designed AND Handcrafted Exclusively in the one-and-only Mesa shop in Petaluma, California

•  All Tube Amplifier: 4xEL-84 Power Tubes & 6x12AX7 Preamp Tubes

•  Multi-Watt™, Channel Assignable Power Amp (Patent 7,602,927) featuring Duo-Class™ and Dyna-Watt™ (Patent 4,713,624) technologies providing three power and two operating class options that are channel assignable via independent 15/30/40 Watt Power Switches.

Choose from:

2 power tubes operating in pure Class A Push-Pull, producing 15 Watts or;

4 tubes operating in pure Class A Push-Pull, producing 30 Watts or;

4 tubes operating in Mesa’s Patented Dyna-Watt™ Class A/B, producing 40 Watts

•  2 Fully Independent Channels with 5 Style Modes:

Channel 1 features: Normal (Brit Clean) or Top Boost (Brit Overdrive) Modes with Multi-Watt Power Switch (15/30/40 Watt), FX Loop & Reverb Assignment Switch (On/Off True Bypass), Volume (Gain), Treble, Bass, Reverb & Cut w/Pull Master (Patent Applied For)

Channel 2 features: Tweed (American Clean), Hi 1 (Brit Gain) & Hi 2 (Boogie Gain) Modes with Multi-Watt Power Switch (15/30/40 Watt), FX Loop & Reverb Assignment Switch (On/Off True Bypass), Gain w/Pull Boost, Treble, Bass, Reverb & Master

•  Fixed Bias for Consistent Tube Performance

•  Channel Assignable, All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb with Independent Channel Controls

•  Channel Assignable, Fully Buffered FX Loop

•  Channel Independent True Bypass Switches fully remove FX Loop & Reverb from signal path

•  Fan Cooled

•  All Aluminum Chassis

•  2 Button Footswitch (Channel 1/2 & Reverb)

TransAtlantic TA-30 1x12 Combo Front Panel Detail


{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrew Marr March 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Just acquired the TA-30….I have been playing through an 87 fifty cal plus the past few years, and didn’t find anything that sounded better. Then this puppy came along…wow!!
Thanks Mesa…you nailed it…


rob rogers March 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

is there any plan for a ta-15 combo 1×12?
size of a 5;25 express size?


Boogie Boogie March 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Hi Rob –

If there was we couldn’t say ;) But at the moment, the head with the extension cab is the closest thing to what you’re asking about.

Thanks for the inquiry.


Andy Coeyman August 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Hi Mesa, I have a Stiletto Ace with 2X12″ cab, all in Bronco Green. Great amp, but LOUD! Both the TA15 and TA30 look intriguing. The samples and YouTube segments I’ve seen sound great. I am currently trying to sell my Marshall to raise some money for one of the TA’s! Your amps are great and you are a genuine American company! Keep up the good work and all the best to you!


PIETER BROKS June 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm





steve February 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

Any word on the ship date for the TA-30 combo?


Boogie Boogie February 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Hey Steve –

No definitive word as of yet, sorry to say. release of new products is dependent on MANY different elements coming together so we never speculate as to when. That said, Spring 2011 is still well within sights but about as specific as we can get for now. Thanks for your interest and stay tuned as we’ll likely release some info as to when folks can expect to see them in stores once they’ve started to make their way to dealer here in the US.




Ian January 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

What a beautiful amp the TA-30 combo is!! Well done. It looks excellent, vintage but contemporary at the same time. I like!
Looking forward to hearing one in the flesh (or rather tolex)


Ulhuru December 24, 2010 at 2:49 am

Hey, fx loop, combo. that’s great news. I am just puzzled by the choice of top mounting rear facing of the controls that, granted, may look cool & “vintage” but keep me wondering how possibly you can manage to control anything in such an awkward position, particularly when tilted. Unless of course you are The Edge and you have a Dallas Schoo at hand for operating the thing for you.
Already that was one of the reason that was stopping me from using AC-30′s. Nevertheless, I am gonna try that beast and perhaps get it if it sounds great and even better than a Mark V. But obviously a more 21st century ergonomic, albeit with a retro look, would have suited me better :-)


Matt M. December 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Looks great! Just curious as to why the control panel is upside down on the combo version. Wouldn’t the user be in front of the amp while playing, not behind? Small gripe, I know. Looking forward to seeing more about these bad boys.


Enron_Hubbard December 23, 2010 at 7:15 am

That’s pretty cool, but I can’t imagine why anyone would need a TA-30. I’ve got a pair of TA-15′s and 1×12 cabs and they’re so damn loud at both the 25 and 15 watt modes that I have no problem keeping up with a loud bassist, loud drummer and fairly loud guitarist with a 100 watt head and 4×12 cab.

I do love these amps though and they’re an outstanding addition to my amp collection (I traded a pair of 65 Amps “Londons” for them, which I believe speaks to the awesomeness of the TA-15). I believe they’re the finest guitar amps Mesa has made since their Mark I and Mark II series (not including their bass amps which have always been nothing short of awesome).

I suppose I’d consider picking up a TA-30 2×12 combo for when I’m going mono or maybe get a stereo pair of heads for a rack setup. : )

Thanks, Mesa. Keep this kind of work up and I’ll be back for more.


Eric December 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

How does pricing vary? I was under the impression dealers cannot sell below your list prices. Has this changed?


Eric Pykala December 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

You listened! All the stuff I wanted on the TA-15 is on the 30, with more power to boot. Sign me up.
What does the head and the 1X12″ combo weigh?


Steve December 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I have a TA 15 and love it, but what us broken down old rockers really wanna know is… what does the TA-30 1-12 combo weigh? (I get a a little nuts when you don’t put that on the specs) Tone IS #1 but weight vs price is a toss-up for #2.


Boogie Boogie December 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Hey Steve –

Excellent suggestion and we’re working on that. Didn’t quite have the details for the launch but getting that together now and will post in the next day or so. Thanks for the kind words… more to follow shortly.



A.J. Bell December 22, 2010 at 10:31 am

Ahh, exactly the evolution I was hoping for! More wattage, gain boost, efx loop! I’ll be in line for one of these babies!!
What kind of pricing can we expect?


Boogie Boogie December 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Hi A.J. –

We tried to think of the clincher stuff on this one… ;)

Since pricing varies, we ask that everyone contact their nearest Authorized Dealer or Distributor for pricing details.

Rock on!



Scott Perry February 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

As far as pricing is concerned, it’s true, a Mesa Boogie Dealer can’t sell A Mesa item, for less than MSRP. They may try to sell an item for more, or can sell a used item, at the stores discretion. But, I’ve been using Mesa for over 10 years, and it’s always been that way, and I’ve owned many different models. On the plus side, you’re paying for a hand-built, quality amp, and if you look at Mesa’s pricing, compared to other amps coming out, Mesa is definately worth whatever you pay.The price point on some of these new amps coming out, is outrageous, and some are made overseas!


Boogie Boogie February 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hey Scott & All –

Your comment regarding pricing of Mesa products is incorrect. Mesa does NOT set the price at which it’s products sell. Unlike most music instrument manufacturers, Mesa does not subscribe to a List Price or an MSRP which, in our view, is a price inflated above a products REAL value. Domestically, (in the USA) with Mesa’s Pro Net Pricing, we establish what we feel is a fair value of our products when compared to similar products in the marketplace.
As you’ve pointed out, Scott, our products are generally viewed as competitively priced when compared by features etc., yet ours are built in the one and only Mesa factory in Petaluma, California, U.S.A. (a little fact were are kinda very proud of… ;)

In addition, a few other distuingishing characteristics like great tone, exceptional versatility, reliablility and good looks tend to tip the scales as well.

The core reason for Pro Net Pricing is to direct the purchase of something as important as the voice of your music to be based on the merits of it’s tone and quality. Pro Net Pricing is also an extension of a long standing tradition of pricing fairness between the factory and dealers when Mesa first starting selling it’s products through dealers in the late ’70s, yet, maintained direct sales with customers as well.

Mesa dealers tend to sell Mesa amps at Pro Net because they agree with the philosophy behind Pro Net. If a customer is told that Mesa sets this price, this is false. Mesa does suggest a price where it believes its products are fairly valued in the marketplace and offers that suggestion to our Dealer Network. While we do our best to explain the concept of Pro Net clearly to each and every dealer and sales staff, you may not always get this story… Hopefully, reading this allows customers to see the value of Pro Net and to understand the details…

Hope this helps!


Dave J @ Manitou Engineering December 22, 2010 at 9:22 am

I love the TA 15. Wish it had a reverb circuit, but understand why Randy didn’t go that route. Truely a hard amp to describe, but the tones are pure and the single end class A is amazing. Playing it through my Recto 4 X12 really opened some eyes at a recent jam. This is not an ultra high gain amp, this is a miniture tone factory that is built like a tank and looks like an American Hot Rod. Now the TA 30 comes along….sheeze, I was hoping for a TA 15 combo, but the increased power makes sense, only wish it had the single ended class A circuit too. MESA Eng is # 1 in my book, has been since 1980, when I bought my Mark II B, another killer amp from the early days of MESA/Boogie.


Scott Perry December 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I’ve been a Mesa user for close to 15 years, and have owned a wide variety of your heads. But, as far as live, or recording, I’ve always gone with your Recto line. I bought a Roadster, which I had been wanting for some time now,and I loved the sounds I could get with it, but for some reason, I was having alot of mechanical problems with the amp, a first for me, with any Mesa product I’ve ever owned I might add. So I’d heard so many good things about the MK V, that I decided to try it, and man, you cats outdid yourselves on that one! This head is the best, and most versatile head I’ve ever owned, and I know I’ve only just scratched the surface! Country, jazz, rock, metal,you name it, you can get it with this head! I know there’s probably metal guys out there, that wouldn’t give up their rectos, but you owe it to yourself to give this amp a spin. I know this is long, but give a MK V a try, and you’ll not be disappointed!!!


Leo December 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I have a TA-15 and am in love with it.


encym February 1, 2011 at 4:36 am

Me too! I just wish it had on-board Reverb like this new model.


Ton Schuwer December 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Very nice design!
I’m curious for the sound and price here in the Netherlands.
Good work Mesa!


Boogie Boogie December 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Thanks, Ton.

Stay tuned soon for TA-30 Sound clips coming in the next few weeks.

Please contact the Authorized Mesa distributor in your country for pricing.

Distributor contact info can be found here:

Appreciate the kind words.


MaxiFunk December 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

Top of the list for my purchase of 2011!!


Manuel Gonzalez December 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

Beautiful amp.


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