About to drop cash on an expensive amp head- looking for advice

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  1. Ouroboros11

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    I'm highly considering dropping money to buy a Soldano SLO. Would this be the best amp for my price? I know that at such an expensive price the possibilities are endless, so I wanted to make sure that i'm buying something i'll love.

    I'm looking for something for melo death metal leads- COB, Kalmah, Dimebag type stuff. Nothing too scooped sounding

    Also, i'm looking for a 2x12 amp. Would a mesa with V30 by my best option?
     
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    Maybe look at Orange as well? Rockerverb 100 seemed to me to be a perfect match for this kind of style...not that a Mark V would be wrong or a Dual Rectifier. I just find the SLO to be a bit of a one trick pony, not a bad trick, mind you :)
     
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    How would you compare the SLO to H&K Triamp MKIII and the ENGL E670
     
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    Wizard of Ozz Arch-Mage of Metal

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    For the money... I’d look at the Diezel VH4, Diezel Herbert, and Engl SE EL34. I own these amps in addition to a Soldano SLO... and the Diezels/Engls are way more versatile. The SLO is great, but it really only does 1 thing (killer leads) great... the other amps do 2-3 things great and have far better fx loops, if you are a heavy fx user.

    Also as a huge CoB fan... the Engl SE will be the best choice for Alexis tone. Definitely not the SLO.
     
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    Wizard of Ozz Arch-Mage of Metal

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    For a 2X12 cab... anything from Mesa, Bogner, Diezel, Engl... would be great. With Bogner and Diezel being my prefeeence.
     
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    Thank you! How would you compare the diezel VH4 compare to the SLO or Engl SE EL34.

    Edit: How would you compare the SLO lead channel to the VH4 Channel 4?
     
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    Having spent some time with a SLO and a HK MKIII...The MKIII is obviously going to have the edge in terms of versatility. Yeah, maybe the SLO does one thing, but holy shit does it do that one thing extremely well. I fell in love with that amp, and would have no issue dropping the $4400 that it was selling for on it.

    The HK is absolutely incredible, too.

    I think at this level, you are splitting hairs in terms of tone and quality...so its really just about what you need out of it and what amps tone you like more.

    The SLO will do the melo death thing if you want it to. Look at The Absense, for example. Riders of the Plague was recorded with an Avenger. Amazing sound.

    The HK is going to be able to do a lot more than just that, though, and will give you more than one style of tone within the tones...I dont really know how to explain it better...but with the power tube options and all that stuff, you can have a marshall type clean, or a fender type clean...its probably the most versatile amp on the planet right now. And it does everything really damn well.

    You may also want to consider KSR. Incredible metal amps.

    Check this video out...me at a buddies place, and we are just playing a crap ton of amps haha. HK, ENGL, Framus, VHT, Mesa, KSR, Marshall. Just insane.

    Description has time stamps of when we were playing through each amp.

     
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    Since you appear to be in a relatively large city, is it possible for you to go to a shop and try a bunch of stuff before you commit to buy it? Describing the way things sound is really challenging, especially because tone is so preferential.
     
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    Have you played a Soldano? There are tons of newer amps on the market nowadays that might be more convenient at various volume levels.
     
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    The VH4 is more modified Marshall 2203, more prominent cutting mids... the SLO is smoother, warmer, more liquid sounding. The VH4 is also way tighter in the low end and can cover more modern styles better.

    The Engl SE EL34 and Herbert are more similar... both have tons of gain, bass, and lead the way as far as heavy rhythm chug factor go. I think either the Herbert or SE EL34 would be the best bet all around for the tone you are looking for.
     
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    when you spend that much money...they are all really good. You just need to make sure you are buying the sound you are getting.

    The slo does one thing really really well..imo there's really no other amp that does the exact same thing.

    I used to have a slo...and it's one of those amps where I definitely will try and grab another someday...

    but...if I only had one amp I think I'd grab a fryette ultralead.

    fwiw...when I owned the slo I also owned a fuchs ods, and a fryette ultra lead. Love the slo...but it's not super versatile.
     
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    deffo try Friedman be100, the latest edition from 2016 on... can do all that, has probably the best fx loop, it's super versatile with top notch cleans... and it sounds and feels godly, nomatter how you set it up..
    I owned tons of fancy amps, SLO too... BE100 is easly the king imo.
     
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    Can anyone compare the BE100 to the Vh4?
     
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    Try and check out a Bogner Ecstasy as well, and I definitely agree that any of the high end Friedman amps are worth checking out.
     
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    I'm heavily leaning toward the Vh4. Is there any particular tube? And would it be a good idea to buy it used or is this the kind of amp you should buy brand new?
     
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    If you have to ask if you should buy it, you shouldn't buy it.

    Why exactly are you hellbent on spending a lot of money?
     
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    Kinda what I was thinking Budda....

    Tone is a tricky mistress, and the $ to happiness ratio doesn't always apply in this game.
     
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    Based on the band/tones you listed, an SLO wouldn't be on my list.
    They are great sounding amps, but you're talking about heavy/modern metal type tones.
    Various models from Mesa Boogie, Orange, Randall, Engl, Diezel, VHT would do the tones you're after.
     
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    If I followed this advice I wouldn’t own half the stuff I do. Lol.

    :steve: :thepope: :donnie:
     
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    This is why I bought an Axe FX.
     

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