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Mesa Walkabout Bass Amplifier

Portability weighs heavily on the minds of gigging bassists, ergo the enduring popularity of solid-state electronics in diminutive packages by such well-regarded makers as Walter Woods, Gallien-Krueger and Acoustic Image. The perceived tradeoff between tone and tonnage is where the scales have been tipped against vacuum-tube technology.

But it seems you actually can teach old dogs new tricks, because the tube amp innovator who brought us the Mesa Boogie has made an entrance into the hernia-free zone with a bass amp more than equal to the demands of any jazz gig. The Mesa Walkabout is a hybrid design, weighing only 13 pounds, that delivers a focused, nuanced sound with tonal accuracy, timbral flexibility and dynamic aplomb to spare.

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