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Location: Fremont, Ohio, United States

I am an attorney by day, but that's really just my "backup gig" in case this whole "musician thing" doesn't work out. ;^) I was been blessed with the opportunity to write freelance reviews for Guitar World's Bass Guitar Magazine, and I contributed regularly from the Spring of 2006 up until Bass Guitar Magazine's demise. This was, in itself, a dream come true, and an opportunity for which I am truly grateful. But this was a stepping stone to bigger and better things, and I am now the Editor-in-Chief of Bass Gear Magazine ( Our first issue came out in August of 2008, and we are now the leading bass review magazine, worldwide. Of course, on the topic of my true blessings, I have a wife and two kids, all of whom I greatly adore, so my time for music/bass/songwriting/performing, and yes, even the occasional practicing, is not infinite. Nevertheless, I really enjoy my time spent playing bass, writing and recording songs, and just getting to "play" with all that great gear! This blog is a result of these external interests...

Friday, October 28, 2005

Sadowsky SA200 All-Tube Head

It should come as no surprise to some of you that I have a bit of a love affair with tube heads/amps, though I also really like a quality solid state amp (different horses for different courses). Well, my lastest "love" is an all-tube head spawned from the mind of Roger Sadowsky. When I first heard that Roger might be doing an all-tube head, I was very interested. Then, I learned that he intended on marketing this head primarily in Japan. Bummer... Fortunately, he decided to sell some direct here in the USA, and I eagerly grabbed one up. The amp is actually built by Dolf Koch (who also builds the Eden VT-300B), and I do feel that Dolf is an artist as well as an amp maker. His designs are elegant and austere, and to my eyes, the SA200 is his crown jewel. Here is a photo:

and the rear:

Once I got mine home, I immediately had to pair it up with my Bergantino NV215 and my Sadowsky 25th Anniversary 24 Fret 5-string:

These three pieces really work great together, and the net result is perhaps the best sounding (and looking!) rig that I have ever put together. I have more details at, so if you are interested, please check out this thread:

The Eagle Has Landed!!! Sadowsky All-Tube Head!!!

More to come, including a mega all-tube head steel cage match!

Later, Tom.


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