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Old 04-25-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Question about a transformer

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Im close to getting a Mesa Boogie Mark III but since it's imported from the US it needs a transformer one of those big bulky ones (I'm currently living in Sweden however I won't always be using the transformer since I will be moving back to Canada in a while). My question is if the transformer alters the tone somehow or something like that? (just making sure since I've never had to use one)

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Old 04-25-2013, 10:37 AM   #2
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:44 AM   #3
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It adds compression, or so i've been told. My mate run a US Mesa Bogie Dual Rectifier through a step down transformer, but it really sounds sloppy and weird. Technically it should work fine though.

I'm planning to replace the PT when i get my new amp.
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It adds compression, or so i've been told. My mate run a US Mesa Bogie Dual Rectifier through a step down transformer, but it really sounds sloppy and weird. Technically it should work fine though.

I'm planning to replace the PT when i get my new amp.


You sure that it affects to the point where it sounds weird?
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Also if it does slightly, it should return to normal when the transform gets removed, eh?
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:25 PM   #6
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It adds compression, or so i've been told. My mate run a US Mesa Bogie Dual Rectifier through a step down transformer, but it really sounds sloppy and weird. Technically it should work fine though.

I'm planning to replace the PT when i get my new amp.


All power is stepped down up/down at various points during transmission. The only reason a step-down transformer would alter the sound of an amp is if it wasn't providing power according to the amp's requirements.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:27 PM   #7
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All power is stepped down up/down at various points during transmission. The only reason a step-down transformer would alter the sound of an amp is if it wasn't providing power according to the amp's requirements.

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So long as the transformer is meeting the spec of the amp I don't see how it could cause an effect.
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If the amp needs 5 amp get something close to 10 amp and all will be well. If you aren't taxing it hard it shouldn't make a bit of difference.
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If the amp(lifier) needs 5 amp(eres) get something close to 10 amp(eres) and all will be well. If you aren't taxing it hard it shouldn't make a bit of difference.


ftfy, that confused me so it probably confused others
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