Engl Amps owners thread :D

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  1. OliOliver

    OliOliver SS.org Regular

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    EURGH. I miss my Invader. I sold it for the reason that I only ever used channel 3 and the clean occasionally. Now I miss the hell out of it. I replaced it with a 5153 and while the tone is fantastic, ENGL high gain is just more to my liking. What are peoples thoughts on the Artist Edition? I'm currently thinking about that or the Fireball. I love simplicity, while the AE is clearly versatile as hell, I do have some slight concerns that it won't do really tight high gain on a Fireball level. Whereas I'm fully aware that the Fireball has more than enough gain.

    Lesse Lamert has a great clip on Youtube (it's technically the Blackmore, although I'm under the impression the're almost identical amps? Correct me if wrong) which is promising.
     
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    ^The invader must be glorious if you prefer it over the 5153. My EVH literally kills my bandmate's Powerball I.
     
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    it sounds more like the "tone is subjective" argument. What type of Gain you think is better might not be someone elses choice.

    I guess he prefers the gain and character of the ENGL over the EVH. He is not saying the EVH is shit or that one is better than the other, but more what suits him better.
     
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    I wasn't talking about "tone" but about not getting lost in the mix. Again, my 5153 50w destroys my mate's Powerball I 100w if you know what I mean now.
     
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    Any owners of a Fireball 100 shed some light on the FX Loop for me? I've heard through the grapevine that the Fireball's loop has a tendency to suck tone on some units. Any truth to this? Or am I hearing the ramblings of a madman? I don't think a company as good as ENGL (in my experience at least) would ship an amp with an FX loop that sucked the tone away.
     
  6. Zender

    Zender Tinkering, please hold.

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    Very happy with my E530, but still on the fence about what power amp to get with it. Either the mesa 20/20 or the mesa fifty/fifty. So the basic EL84 vs 6L6 issue, with the added 1u vs 2u, and 20W vs 15/50W (it's switchable on the fifty/fifty).

    For the time being, the built-in power amp is enough, but I might want more some day 0:)
     
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    chassless Don'tDeserveMyGuitar

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    i might sell my Ironball this evening. i've had it for a year and a half, arguably the best amp i've owned, but i had to sell my cab and a couple of other amp heads for cash, and now it is in the closet collecting dust.

    an ideal amp for me would be the Ironball but with the mid control knob focused on a slightly lower frequency range (not enough low mid growl for my liking). maybe i should think about a Fireball one day when my bank account gives me more than 2 digits? :D
     
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    I've always liked my E520 and E530 with high-power poweramps. ENGL preamps have lower output than e.g. Mesa Studio or Triaxis. Bigger poweramps make up for the difference. It sounds bigger and I don't have to drive the preamp too high. The sound gets too much highs that way.
    I had two 50-60W poweramps - handmade Gerhat TubePower 60 and ENGL 920/50. I had to have them all the way up with preamp quite high in a band situation. Don't get me wrong. ENGL 920/50 is a lovely smooth poweramp packed with very usable features. I'd love to try its 100W brother and I wish they had a Depth pot.
    Currently I use them with Masotti Slave 100 and it's a monster of an amp. It's much louder and punchier than Mesa 2:90 but the preamp tames it very nicely, so these two compliment each other very well. Currently I don't play in a band and I can comfortably use my setup in the apartment without bothering my neighbors. Oh, and I prefer 4x12's even for home use.

    I haven't had a chance to try Mesa 20/20 but I played 50/50 with Triaxis and Masotti X3M preamp and it's a nice poweramp - an affordable classic with which you can't go wrong. The only con for me is that it does not have separate standby for each channel.
     

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