Hi everyone. I have always read the forums as a guest, and felt finally it was time to be not just a ghost but to show face. I have always found forums very useful. Without them, I would have no idea about half of the things that I know about. Thanks guys. I am finally ready to elevate my power, and go into amp/head land. I have my eyes locked on Engl, and have been dreaming about these amps. I love metal. I play metal (as well as rock, I like listening to classical music, as well as trance). I want my amp as versatile as me. Some of my most listened to metal bands are Iced Earth, Fear Factory, Hypocrisy, Children of Bodom, Darkseed and Helloween. I am aware that both of the last bands DO play ENGL. I am going to break down what I would like from each channel, so you get a general idea of where my tiny little head is at. Clean Channel -The type of clean that I am looking for is bright, and shimmery. I hate it when an amp have a damn good overdriven sound, and can kick it with the rock, and metal - BUT the cleans are not clean at all, as well as dead, and sterile. Crunch channel - I also like the crunch to be on the bright side, and have some balls to it. I won't use this channel as much as the others though. Ripper tearer slasher channel - I love the tight staccato riffs that Dino/Christian have come up with Fear Factory and I love solos like Randy Rhoades, Brian May, Chris/Mike Amott,Tom Englund,etc. I want an amp that is tight as hell, BUT as I said before, I like being versatile, so something that can switch from tight to loose (for some solos etc.), I feel would be great for me. I do not like a high hiss at the top, and I don't like anything that sounds compressed or digital sound to it. I like it smooth. I would love to dial in a kickass scooped tone. The Engls that I am looking at are the following Savage (really mixed reviews that I have read, and heard it used a lot on youtube from Ola, from Feared) Too bad it doesn't have in a built in nose gate It sounds like a real super dark amp. Invader (Bulb has put some stuff on youtube - lotta mids... and a lot of the other clips don't sound good.) and uploaded something on soundclick which I like a lot MP3 Player SoundClick) Sounds bright. I like bright. This head really is the least reviewed, demoed on the net, from what I have seen. But that soundclick file by bulb really draws me to it. If it had more gain, and some other stuff, I probably wouldn't be writing this. I would already have this. I have read quite a few "reviews" - saying that this amp isn't metal. If that's so, why the hell do Kreator use them, or Universum or Chris Caffery. Your guess is as good as mine. Super curious about this one. Special Edition E670 (really REALLY pricey. I would rather not go this route if I can find what I want in the Invader or Savage) Sounds interesting. Bit of dark and bright. Also there are two models. Which amp is the best for me? Are the noisegates the same for the Special Editions and the Invader? (Even though there is an extra option on the SE). So in closing, I will be buying this without playing it due to where I live. I live in New York, and there is not an Engl dealer around (that I am aware of for hours and hours - by that I mean like 5 hours+). The only closest thing is a store that can purchase it for me, but I can't play it in the store. Please help. It isn't easy to find someone who plays an Engl, as easy as other brands - yet great players are endorsed by Engl.