MESA/Boogie Subway TT-800TM Offers Two Channels of Uniquely MESA Bass Tone and Tube Driven Preamp

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Legendary Bass 400 inspired Boogie® channel plus a Subway® channel provide bassists more tonal versatility than ever before in a powerful Class D format enhanced with an all-new tube preamp and powerful feature set.

    PETALUMA, CA (June 8, 2020) – MESA/Boogie® announces the addition of the new compact Subway® TT- 800TM to its award-winning Subway Series of bass amplifiers and cabinets built in the company’s Petaluma, California shop. TT-800 players will find a tube driven preamp allowing bassists to experience the rich, blooming tube character of the legendary tone stack architecture from the Bass 400 in the Boogie® channel or footswitch to the modern tone of the award-wining Subway Channel with enhanced tightness in the low end, accurate punchy mids and crystal clean highs. Both channels feed MESA’s time proven 800-Watt Class D power section. Packed with tone shaping features, the TT-800 features a HIGH GAIN / LOW GAIN Switch that offers the ability to reconfigure the input gain stage that feeds the TT-800’s tubes. The LOW gain setting provides a clean, clear sound in comparison to the HIGH setting that ramps up driving the tubes and is especially notable in the Boogie Channel MESA reports. The Subway’s DEEP and BRIGHT switches bring added tone shaping opportunities and allow for taming “boomy” rooms by switching DEEP off or kicking it in for styles such as Reggae. The BRIGHT adds sparkle and sheen and Subway fans have been known to use the feature for advanced techniques such as slapping and adding dimension and clarity to chordal work.

    The TT-800’s Class D power section features MESA’s O/D SYMMETRY control which allows players to control clip characteristics in the power section of the amp. SYM provides a tighter, dryer feel in overdriven tone while ASYM offers players a warmer sound with increased bloom and harmonic complexity. To keep things cool, the TT-800 is fan cooled, similar to other models in the Subway Series. Other notable features include speakON speaker outputs and speaker impedance can be set at 2, 4 or 8 ohms to accommodate any speaker array desired. A headphone jack is located on the rear panel for monitoring and an optional footswitch is available for mute or switching between the TT-800’s two channels. Worth noting is that each channel has its own FX LOOP accessed on the rear panel and being keenly aware of the modern bassist’s needs, MESA opted for a patch-point style configuration. This is useful in scenarios where a player might choose to use another preamp and substitute it in place of either TT-800 Channel, being foot switchable, and delivering the external preamp’s signal directly to the TT-800’s robust power section. The TT-800’s TUNER OUT always has a signal going out to tune and an AUX IN for rehearsing with MP3s or other sources. The TT-800 DIRECT OUT capabilities have been well thought out. Two XLR jacks are available, a PRE EQ out for sending a signal to the house mix where the soundman may prefer an unequalized signal and a POST EQ out that may be useful for sending to a monitor or monitor mix so band members can all hear the stage sound in their mix. The POST EQ XLR out also allows players to use the TT-800 solely as a preamp to plug directly to a console or DAW, shaping their tone in the studio. Each XLR can be set to LINE LEVEL or MIC LEVEL and each has a GROUND LIFT control as well.

    “With a powerful feature set, new Subway tube preamp and the addition of super musical Bass 400 toplogy, the TT-800 stands atop the Subway line and delivers that award-winning performance while also reigniting the passion so many bassists feel for our legendary 400+. Before today’s portability, for nearly two decades the Bass 400 and later 400+ stood alongside the other Tube Classic as our Iconic contribution with its tone stack architecture, providing some of the top artists of the day with a warm, musical alternative. Now the TT-800 combines yesteryear’s tube magic with today’s definition, punch and portability and packs all that (footswitchable) versatility into one manageable Subway package” said Doug West, Director of R&D at MESA/Boogie.

    Mesa Boogie Subway TT-800 Bass Amplifier | MESA/Boogie®

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    To learn more about the Subway TT-800 from MESA/Boogie, visit
  2. Bikingbasser


    Oct 2, 2018
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  3. Novarocker


    Oct 12, 2015
    Oooo I like where their heads are at.
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  4. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    Endorsing artist- Suhr basses, PedalTrain, GHS, Ultimate Ears
    Well damn.....
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  5. idorky


    Dec 27, 2006
    i love the simplicity, plus she's two (2) amps in one, i don't really care if she's not designed for dual. i cant wait to test drive, my D will soon be a back up.
  6. AudioTaper


    Sep 23, 2018
    Sounds awesome! I'm almost glad I didnt pull the trigger on a WD800 a few weeks ago.
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  7. hopwheels

    hopwheels Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2015
    Atlanta, GA
    Oh my
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  8. projectapollo

    projectapollo Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Any pricing on this one?
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  9. Wild_Bill_57

    Wild_Bill_57 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 18, 2017
    Cincinnati, OH
    Owner- Southern Ohio Sound
    $1099.00 seems to be the street price

    uses same rack kit as WD-800

    I have not seen foot switch price yet, looks the same as WD-800 with different escutcheon on front.
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  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
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  11. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Inactive

    Jun 22, 2013
    Here we go again.
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  12. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    @MesaBoogie - if y’all need extra help in the warehouse shipping these over to Sweetwater, give me a shout.
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  13. whoa ... all my gigs have been cancelled what with the virus, but still ...
  14. I definitely don't need this, but will definitely keep an eye on it. I might circle back around to this around November or December. :thumbsup:

    Looks awesome and would look proper on top of my Subway cabs.
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  15. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I don’t know a brand that listens to their customer base more than Mesa. They continually put out products with features that people really want.

    Very nice looking amp!
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  16. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Inactive

    Jun 22, 2013
    Would love to hear this one demoed with a proper p bass.
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  17. uwrossl

    uwrossl Blues/Soul/Rock N Roll Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2009
    And that was set up properly without strings buzzing all over the place
  18. MDH bass

    MDH bass

    Jul 16, 2018
    Im infatuated, but why no dual mode? I'd've thought that even series/parallel would be a given on an amp like this in 2020.

    Maybe down the line y'all could do some sorta TT-1600 - full mono/stereo series/parallel dual channel architecture, subway channel gets an upgrade to either a 6 band eq + H/Lpf or 3 band parametric B/M/T, the boogie channel a few more voicing controls i.e. something to distinguish between high bass and low mids, each side could have its own 800w power amp but you'd have to be able to stack both pre's into one pow for 1 cab gigs... could even add a variable crossover feature between the channels, run punchy subway lows with that meaty overdriving goodness going on in the mids and highs? Hell that as a pre-amp pedal would sell like hotcakes!

    Okay maybe let's just start w/ a dual mode
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  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I love everything they do.
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  20. Boogie Channel Preamp Pedal Please!
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