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Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer   

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The Trademark 30 single-channel 1x10 guitar amp features a modified version of the super flexible SansAmp GT2 pedal design at its heart. Construct yo...Read More

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The Trademark 30 single-channel 1x10 guitar amp features a modified version of the super flexible SansAmp GT2 pedal design at its heart. Construct your tone by selecting amp character, gain structure, and speaker type, and then use the drive controls and active 3-band EQ to nail your sound. The 30W output is plenty loud for practice and monitoring and the balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs bring the big tones of this little combo to the studio mixer or PA system.

This compact combo handles anything you can throw at it.

FEATURES
  • Character section to construct a custom tone in seconds
  • Professional quality Accutronics 3-spring reverb
  • 3-band, active tone controls, boost or cut 12dB
  • Effect loop
  • Headphone output doubles as a 1/4" direct out
  • Speaker extension output
  • XLR direct output

SPECIFICATIONS

Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer

  • Model Number: TM30
    Input Impedance: 1MOhm
    Nominal Input Level: -10dBu
    Optimum Output Load: 4 Ohms
    Power Output: 30W
    Effect Loop Input Impedance: 1MOhm
    Maximum Effect Loop Input: approx. -6dBu
    Effect Loop Output Impedance: 1KOhm
    Nominal Effect Loop Output: approx. -20dBu
    Nominal XLR Output: approx. -20dBu
    Maximum Power Consumption: 60W
    AC Input Power (Factory Set): 110V, 117V, 230V, 240V
    Cycles: 50/60Hz
    Speaker: Special Design Model #2110-T 10", 50W, 4 Ohms
    Cabinet Dimensions: 14.5"l x 8"w x 13.25"h
    Weight: 14 lbs.
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Tech 21Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Performances (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dial In your Sound Easy Carry Everywhere and Loud Enough

We needed a light portable Amp that would loud enough to be heard in a Big Band Jazz high school setting. My Son plays through a Guild X-155 hollow body jazz box without...Read complete review

We needed a light portable Amp that would loud enough to be heard in a Big Band Jazz high school setting. My Son plays through a Guild X-155 hollow body jazz box without feedback issues. Use an amp stand for best volume projection. Easy to dial in clean to dirty tones with DI a great feature when you have pro sound reinforcement. Was getting very tired of lugging the heavy vintage around when less is really more.

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OK, but....

At first I liked this unit but, then I became aware of the overall high compression on this thing that makes it sound a bit muddy in both clean and distorted modes - like...Read complete review

At first I liked this unit but, then I became aware of the overall high compression on this thing that makes it sound a bit muddy in both clean and distorted modes - like it's trying to be too warm and makes the bass attack give a little too much. Still, if you crank the treble you can get around it a bit. My unit intermittantly cuts out too - very intermittantly with no rhyme or reason. A bit overpriced for what you get. My advice would be to lower the compression level and it would sound better. Also, this unit needs a 12" speaker - the 10" doesn't cut it for even a small band rehearsal.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dial In your Sound Easy Carry Everywhere and Loud Enough

By Nofearrockstar

from Boston

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

    We needed a light portable Amp that would loud enough to be heard in a Big Band Jazz high school setting. My Son plays through a Guild X-155 hollow body jazz box without feedback issues. Use an amp stand for best volume projection. Easy to dial in clean to dirty tones with DI a great feature when you have pro sound reinforcement. Was getting very tired of lugging the heavy vintage around when less is really more.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Still satisfied after a year and a half

    Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

    If you look below you will see I posted 2 reviews of this amp shortly after I bought it about a year and a half ago, and this is my third. I just wanted to say that after using it for a time, I am still satisfied and I would suggest it without hesitation for anyone who is looking for a compact and versatile amplifier. I can dial up a wide variety of sound at any time, and it has not yet shown any weakness in reliability. If you're on the fence, buy one. I doubt you will be disappointed. I have owned Marshall, Orange, and Fender. This one has been just as much fun as any of them.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sounding little amp

    By Mitzy

    from Boulder CO

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

      sounds great, quiet, very easy to use and tranport, seems well built

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Amp ROCKS !

      By mike

      from East Grand Forks , MN

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

          So far this amp is a joy to plug into. I just added delay,chorus and boost pedals and away i go.The sound is kinda dark to my ears which is what i like. Its so simple to use , dont have to break a sweat when logging it around.I still have to plug in a ext. speaker and hear what that sounds like, i'm pretty sure it'll sound killer. Aside from my Boogie Mk3 , this amp is a very welcome addition to my rig.

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          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          It's a keeper!

          By Johnny

          from Virginia

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          Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

          I have now spent more time with this amp and ready to give another review. I like it, and I would suggest getting one if versatility is what you need. It duplicates Fender, Marshall, and Mesa with surprising accuracy. It may not be exact, but it's close enough to please. The one and only flaw I can find is that the "Tweed" mode, while on the "clean" setting, lacks volume compared to all the other settings. I find the need to crank it to nearly the max in order to get what I need. All the other settings are PLENTY loud for this size amp. They could have done a little better making the volume on that particular setting more similar to the others, but I have no other complaints at all. I still haven't found any weaknesses in workmanship or quality, still have the impression that it is going to last. If you want a portable amp that is able to produce a wide variety of sounds, get yourself one of these little units. They ain't bad!

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Well satisfied so far..........

          By Johnny

          from Virginia

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

            Just got this thing today. This review is based on my initial test which involved about 30 minutes of trying the suggested settings to achieve the desired sounds. First impression: NOT BAD AT ALL. Unit seems well made and sturdy, nothing jumps out at me as being cheap and flimsy. Having owned both Marshall and Fender amps previously, and owning a Marshall now, (big Marshall fan, by the way) I can say that the different amp modes do seem to be pretty accurate. I tried the suggested settings for SRV type sound, AC/DC style, Van Halen, Metallica, and so on. Each one was very much like the sound used by those particular artists/bands. I have not yet spent time dialing in the sounds that suit my preference, but I can see that I will be able to do so given a little time. I bought this amp to serve as an alternate to my Marshall which has fantastic distortion (of course) but isn't all that impressive on the clean stuff. I had a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe which was wonderful, but WAY TOO LOUD for my application. This trademark 30 seems to duplicate the Fender tube sound fairly accurately and can do so at lower volume, which is what I wanted. It's not EXACTLY like the real thing, but you can't expect that. It is close, and plenty good enough for me and my current needs. The fact that it offers some very nice distorted sounds too just makes it an even better buy for me. Unit is the perfect size for home use, portable, easy to carry, and has more than enough volume for my living room and for the small place where I play on weekends. The fact that there is no option for a footswitch is sort of disappointing, but not a huge issue for me. I also bought the matching gig bag, and I'm glad I did. It will be great for when I gig and also for storage to keep the unit clean and safe. I may post another review later after I spend some more time with this thing. Speaking of that, I gotta go now, time to play!

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great sound but limited

            By User in NYC

            from NYC

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

            I've owned a TM-10 (which is this amp but with an 8" speaker and 10 watts) for over a decade. I really like it and recently replaced the speaker which blew out after many years of service. It's loud for its size. It sounds good. It is sturdily constructed. The controls are very intuitive, once you realize that the EQ is active so you need to be sparing with it. The reverb sounds great. I love how light it is, but the fact that it was built as a studio amp shows some real limitations. Boy I wish there was one with two independent channels, higher watts, had a 12" or 2x10", and had the spring reverb of the TM-10 and -30 in it. The TM-60 is a two-channel amp that would otherwise fit the bill, but the controls differ quite a bit and the channels aren't totally separate.

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I own it.I play it. I love it.

            By dirtgroove

            from New Jersey

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • No Chorus Modeling

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

            I use this for practice and performance with any of the guitars I own. It performs equally with acoustic 6 or 12 string as well as with an archtop or solid body. The variety of tones that can be had are phenomenal.At 14 pounds this is a pleasure to tote around to gigs. Guys lugging around those 65 pound Fender Twins are amazed at the performance of this unit.I use this on a tilted stand as my onstage instrument monitor and use the out to go to the board.The absence of chorus modeling is easily made up for with stompboxes.

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            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tech 21 Trade Mark 30

            By Quincy

            from Shreveport, LA

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            Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

            Well as I said above I do love the amp. I pretty much covered everything I like about it and I don't need to elaborate any more about it. But if they ever make ( read this tech 21 ppl ) a 50 watt 1x12 model of this amp, I'm gonna grab it! To sum up everything I just don't think you could go wrong buying this amp.
            I have wanted one of these for quite a while, so I thought I'd better get one b4 they discontinue them or something.
            This amp has a really great tone to it no matter how you configure it. All the different ways you can set it up for different amp sounds are very distinct, not like some other amp brands that claim to be able to do things they can't. This amp really is what it claims to be. For those of you who are wondering if this amp will get mean and dirty, it will! If you want the clean fender sound it can do it. Also if you like classic rock sound and tone it can do that too and last but not least if you want the hi gain Mesa Boogie tone yep you can get it. You can play live with this amp and it will be loud enough. A lot of the younger players that really play loud live won't like it, but if you are an older player like me and play old classic rock and rock hits from the 60's and 70's and are used to playing in a much more quiet setting it will do fine.
            Well to me this is the best thing since sliced bread. It is so lite, it's perfect to carry around. I can get the sounds I want from it, oh and it has tons of reverb which suits me fine and that is all that is needed if you are a plug straight in and play fellow like I am. I guess it's easy to tell that I love this amp and I'll never part with it!

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            (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good tone, but reverb not working

            By Kayakman

            from Gig Harbor, WA

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            Comments about Tech 21 Trademark 30 30W Guitar Combo/DI Amplifer:

            Great little amp, just disappointing that I had to pull the reverb out and finishe the assembly for Tech 21 and Accutronics. A small thing, true, but it diminished my appreciation of my new amp.
            Simple - 30w, 10" speaker, active tone shaping controls.
            Overall, the quality is good, but I found my reverb was not working from the start. I pulled out the revel unit to cjheck for a loose wire, and I found none of the wires from the in/out jacks were attached to the springs. They were not even stripped for connection to the spring unit. This amp could not have passed quality control with an unwired reverb unit. This kind of disappoints me...
            Great tone, a now working reverb and plenty of volume. Overall, a very good value.

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