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Master TVA30 Guitar Amp Conclusion

By Steve DellaSala

The Master TVA30 is a great option for someone looking for an economical, non-commercial guitar amp that provides great performance and useful options. The amp head appears to be built very well and is fully capable of performing better than anything in its price class. Though I pointed out some mechanical shortcomings, these do not take away from the overall tone and performance of the amp. For the price, it’s nice to see two channels, one for clean and one for over drive, and an effects loop. The system also comes with a two button foot controller to help you switch between channels with ease. When considering that it retails for $869, there are very little options that can compete. Though, if you are an audio fanatic like me, it may be worth springing anywhere between $90 to $120 for a different speaker from companies like Weber, Eminence or Celestion. Another investment would come when the china made tubes eventually wear. At that time, I’d consider swapping them for something with a more robust build. A great place to buy is www.thetubestore.com. I’ve found their pricing competitive and their level of technical understanding to be far better than other on-line stores or guitar centers. Even with these investments, you are still only around $1,000 for a great combo that is portable and very well made.

 

US Master TVA30 Head and Cabinet Scorecard
MSRP: $869 (as reviewed)

© 2010 Masters Design, U.S. Masters Guitar Works is a product of Young Guitars Inc.
2324 Pinehurst Dr. Unit B

Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 877-716-0000

Email: [email protected]

http://www.usmasters.com

 

About US Masters

US Masters is known for crafting made in the USA Guitars and Basses using fine woods and modern CNC equipment to keep them affordable. They engineered a high quality guitar amplifier to extend their product offerings, and have it fabricated in China in order to keep it under $1,000. US Masters provides excellent customer support and is a reliable source to buy direct.

The Score Card

The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:

Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating

Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

Audioholics Rating Scale

  • StarStarStarStarStar — Excellent
  • StarStarStarStar — Very Good
  • StarStarStar — Good
  • StarStar — Fair
  • Star — Poor
MetricRating
Build QualityStarStarStar
AppearanceStarStarStarStar
Treble ExtensionStarStarStarStar
Treble SmoothnessStarStarStarStar
Midrange AccuracyStarStarStar
Bass ExtensionStarStarStar
Bass AccuracyStarStarStar
Dynamic RangeStarStarStarStar
PerformanceStarStarStarhalf-star
ValueStarStarStarStar

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