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Mega Boogie Walkabout/Scout Bass Combo

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In an enthusiastic review of the Mesa Walkabout hybrid bass amp (JazzTimes, December 2002), I noted its tonal accuracy, timbral flexibility and dynamic aplomb. I also alluded to the fact that a jazz bassist’s concept of portability may best be defined as having a fighting chance of carrying the instrument with one hand and your combo amp with the other-wherein you can shoehorn them both into a taxi cab.

Canny advances in cabinet construction and bass loading, coupled to some new proprietary loudspeakers (that employ neodymium magnets in an ultra-lightweight, dynamic design), have allowed Mesa Engineering to introduce a pair of new single 12-inch and single 15-inch Scout cabinets with dynamic tweeters (that allow for ? 2db of cut/boost) while offering a special top-mounted docking bay that allows you to insert or decouple the company’s acclaimed Walkabout bass amp head (300 watts-into a 4-ohm load) from the cabinet. Thus, you have the option of deploying the Scout/Walkabout as a portable, great-sounding, stand-alone combo or as a discrete high-powered head that can easily drive humongous cabinets to greater levels of volume, projection and visceral impact.

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