Carol-Ann Tucana 3r Head
The Carol-Ann Tucana 3r is the new cathode biased, lower wattage version of the flagship Tucana 3!
Please Note: All of our Tucana 3r heads include the new for 2016 updated effects loop. While the 5751 driven efx loop has been a staple in almost all Carol-Ann amps since 2005, it was time for a redesign. This is partly due to issues with some effects units and partly due to the difficulty of obtaining 'quiet' 5751 new production tubes. Alan was rejecting 2 out of every 3 he was buying.
So, the new loop uses an NOS 12AU7 high current tube. This tube is way more capable of driving long cables with much less high frequency roll off due to cable capacitance. The signal to noise ratio is also much improved from the 5751 based design.
The send control on the back of the amp has always been able to be used as a master volume control for the entire amp, with 'unity' being at the 11 O clock position. The new system also allows this control to be used as a master volume for the entire amp, the 'unity' position is now 2 O clock, giving much more available range to bring the overall volume down if required.
About the Carol-Ann Tucana 3r
The Tucana 3r was created to satisfy the desire to have a massively full featured Tucana 3 in a lower wattage, softer responding, configuration.
As the flagship amp in the Carol-Ann line, the Tucana was created to be extremely versatile and cover many styles and genres of music for session and gigging guitar players, as well as home enthusiasts. With the three channel architecture, Alan Phillips designed this amp to cover tones ranging from super clean to higher gain levels, yet still retain full note definition and separation even with complex chord passages, all while maintaining an ultra-quiet noise floor. Not at all an easy task!
The first new feature of this amp are the separate Input Level Controls for the Clean and OD channels. This gives much greater flexibility than any of the previous models. It is possible to set the Clean Channel for a little more crunch or for maximum clean headroom. The overdrive range can be set very easily with the OD Input Level to suit the playing styles or musical genre from a range of blues through rock to modern high gain styles.
The Tucana 3 also comes with Alan's new upgraded 5 Button Foot Controller that allows instant, one action channel changing from any channel to another. The system also features a programmable FX loop switching system that allows you to program the foot controller to a) Switch Manually via the foot switch, b) Switch in when just CHA is selected, c) Switch in when CHB or CHC are selected or d)Switched in when the Lead Master. Programming it is as easy as it gets! The foot controller attaches to the amp via a standard 3 Pin XLR-XLR Mic cable (any length works, BTW), making replacement at shows very easy if a problem arises.
For the power section of the Tucana 3r, Alan chose to utilize a pair of KT88's running at 40 watts ensuring a long, reliable tube life. The transformer set has also been designed to retain a ton of warmth, as well as a tightness in the low end that has not been previously seen in the Tucana series.
The Tucana 3 is very forgiving on speaker choice and works well with many speaker/cab combinations. Naturally, we recommend one of our Carol-Ann cabs available here: Click here for Carol-Ann Cabs.
CH A Input Level: This sets the overall input gain for the clean Channel.
CH B/C Input Level: This sets the overall input gain for the Overdrive Channels.
CH A Bass, Middle & Treble: Clean Channel Tone Controls.
CH B/C Bass, Middle & Treble: OD Channel Tone Controls.
CH B Gain: Overdrive Channel B gain control.
CH C Gain: Overdrive Channel C gain control.
CH A Master: Master Volume for Clean Channel.
CH B Master : Master Volume for OD Channel.
CH C Master : Master Volume for Gain Boost.
Lead Master: Lead Master Volume
Presence: Global Presence Control.
Footswitch Socket: Heavy duty 3 pin XLR connector for footswitch.
Foot Controller: CH A, CH B, CH C , EFX Loop Switch with 4 programmable modes of operation, Lead Master with LED's
Efx Send and Return Jacks
Efx Send Level Control