November 23, 2004
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Maven Peal Instruments announced that the Tuskadaro 1->50 watt guitar amplifiers featuring the compan's patented Sag Circuit with Sag and Wattage controls is now shipping. Tuskadaros also come standard with Maven Peal's money-saving BiaSmart system.
The Tuskadaro is a lighter version of Maven Peal's Ganesha 1->100 watt head with one set of power tubes and no FX loop. The Tuskadaro has a signal path similar to a jumpered plexi with two volume knobs, bass, mid, treble and presence alongside Maven Peal's Wattage and Sag control.
Wattage control allows you to continuously adjust the actual number of watts the amp is producing, from one to 50 to watts. Wattage control is not a master volume control but actual control over the power amp, according to the company.
Sag control allows you to adjust voltage sag, or power amp distortion. Lower amounts of sag give the amp a harder feel and brighter sound, while higher amounts of sag fatten up the sound and make the amp very touch responsive. The combination of the Sag and Wattage controls allows you to overdrive the power amp at whatever volume is appropriate for the venue you are in.
With the PreAmp Boost, you an dial-in sounds from plexi to hot-rodded non-master volume superleads, at volumes you can live with.
The Sag Circuit, Maven Peal's patented power supply design, completely eliminates annoying power supply hum, reduces bleed-through during recording and regulatesthe wall voltage for you (saving you the expense of a power conditioner).
BiaSmart allows you to measure and adjust the bias (idling) current in each individual output tube from the back panel, in minutes, without taking the amp apart (saving you $50 to $200 every time you bias). You can even run two different flavors at the same time. Tube changes are as dramatic as you'd like. Because you're in control of the power amp, you can easily dial-in how much power tube flavor you need via the Sag knob.
The Tuskadaro also offers four new switches: treble boost for both volume knobs, along with preamp boost and power amp boost. In addition to 16, 8 and 4 ohm speaker and line-out outputs, the Tuskadaro's back panel offers Maven Peal's BiaSmart system.
The Tuskadaro is made with audiophile quality components, two premium matched JJ/Tesla E34L output tubes and three Sovtek 12AX7LP preamp tubes. The retail price is $2,500.
For more information, visit their web site at www.mavenpeal.com
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