There's something special about the tones you get from a classic, hand wired British tube amp. Part of that is the use of different power tubes. The taf-30XR utilizes a matched quad of EL84 tetrodes in a class AB parallel push-pull circuit. The result is a little hard to describe in words, but between being a little brighter across the broad range of tones it can create, and the particular snarly, easily distorted sound of the EL84 power stage, it's best described as "more British".
You'll find the same controls and features of it's 6L6-powered twin, the taf-35XR. These include a responsive three-knob tone control, a master volume bypass courtesy of a dedicated preamp drive stage, integrated digital reverb, and FAT and clean modes, controllable via a standard external footswitch jack (footswitch sold separately). Giving it the same incredibly flexible tone and wonderfully transparent output we strive for in all of our amps.
Selectable output impedances for 4, 8, or 16 Ohm speakers pair up nicely with a healthy 30 Watts of grunt to make this amp more than capable of commanding small to medium sized gigs without the need of additional amplification. And between an extremely broad palatte of tone options, and it's distinctive British character, this amp is sure to please Anglophiles as well as any other tone junky that gets their hands on it.
HAND SOLDERED POINT TO POINT WIRING
Like every Tube Amp Factory product, the 30XR is manufactured and assembled completely by hand, and with a 100% point to point amplifier circuit, the result is a very transparent, low noise, low hum output.
MASTER VOLUME BYPASS VIA DEDICATED DRIVE STAGE
The taf-30XR features an additional drive stage in the preamp, allowing for dialing in just the right amount of preamp distortion without cranking the output volume. Coupled with a three knob tone control and switchable FAT/clean modes, this makes the 30XR capable of some of the most fine-grained and diverse tones of any of our amps.
UNIQUE, BLACK MAGIC DC PREAMP FILAMENT POWER
As a bonus with the integrated digital reverb, the preamp tubes of the 30XR receive their filament power in the form of clean, steady DC current from our very special custom handmade power supply circuit. The result is the elimination of another potential source of noise and hum pickup at one of the most sensitive, high-amplification stages of the circuit. The result is that, without an instrument plugged in, this amp can be hooked up to a speaker, and have the volume knob cranked all the way to 10 without creating massive amounts of hum you could expect with other amps. It's a little thing, but it's pretty cool, trust us.
HIGH QUALITY INTEGRATED REVERB
The 30XR benefits from one of the best solid state reverb modules available. Why solid state? Several reasons. First, we wanted to be able to integrate a great sounding reverb into all of our amps, including the heads, without making them big, heavy, and cumbersome. Second, reverb wasn't initially something we planned on including in any of our amps, because simple was the entire name of the game at first, and adding bells and whistles just wasn't in the plan. After receiving enough requests for reverb, though, we exhaustively tested many different options, spring tanks and digital modules alike. The solution we found and liked the most came in the form of a board developed for electric organs (the original application of reverb effects in general), and it just worked out the way we wanted it to. Thus, all of our reverb-equipped models utilize the same tough, resilient, compact, lightweight, great-sounding digital reverb.
FAT MODE, WITH STANDARD FOOTSWITCH JACK
Within the preamp circuit, the taf-30XR features an inverse feedback stage which uses a filtered, inverted signal from the power stage to clean up much of the distortion created by pushing the power stage. FAT mode cancels this feedback, and allows the quad-EL84 power stage to generate loads of distinctive, authentic "Brit-gain" style tube distortion when the volume knob is turned up high. Now standard, FAT and clean modes are now selectable via a standard 1/4" footswitch (sold separately).
|Output Power||30 watts (clean mode)|
|Output Impedance||4, 8, or 16 Ohms (selectable)|
|Preamp||2 x 12AX7|
|Inverter/Driver||1 x 12AU7|
|Power Stage||4 x EL84|
|1 x input jack|
|green LED power indicator|
|120VAC power input|
|2A GMA fuse|
|external FAT/clean footswitch jack|
|1 x speaker ouput jack|
|speaker impedence switch|
|Width x Depth x Height||14.5" x 7.25" x 8.5"|