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Old 08-27-2007, 05:08 PM   #1
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ENGL amp owners thread

I searched and found nothing, so I thought that ENGL deserve to have their own thread. I will add reviews if people wish to submit them and prices of ENGL amps in the UK, USA etc when I have founf prices for them all.

Post what amp you have (and cab if applicable) and the settings you use for a desired style or artist. This includes EQ, Channel, Gain etc.

First topic of debate: Will an ENGL beat a Mesa in terms of versatility? Say what you think and WHY?



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Prices:

Here's a link to the new ENGL RRP Pricelist UK (july 08):

http://www.synergydistribution.co.u...2008-7%20LR.pdf

US Prices (appx): PLEASE NOTE Due to the state of the global economy, the below prices are out by about 7% so add this on to get a more realistic approximate US price

HEADS
Special Edition E 670 EL 34 - $3,739.00
Special Edition E 670 6L6 - $3,739.00
Invader 150 E 640 / 150 - $2,696.00
Invader 100 - $2,796.00
Savage 120 E 610 - $2,294.00
Ritchie Blackmore Sign. E 650 - $1,614.00
Powerball E 645 - $1,954.00
Fireball E 625 - $1,274.00
Screamer 50 HEAD E 335 - $1,189.00
Thunder 50 HEAD E 325 - $891.00
Classic 50 HEAD E355 - $1,359.00


COMBOS
Sovereign 1 x 12" E 365 - $2,470.00
Sovereign 2 x 12" E 368 - $2,717.00
Classic Combo 2 x 10" E 350 C - $1,614.00
Classic Combo 2 x 12" E 358 C - $1,827.00
Thunder 50 Reverb Combo E 320 550 - $1,189.00
Thunder 50 Drive E 322 - 500 - $1,019.00
Screamer 50 Combo E 330 - 650 - $1,274.00
E530 Tube Preamp - $510.00
E570 SE Preamp - $1,784.00
E580 Midi Tube Preamp - $2,974.00
E850/100 Poweramp - $2,218.00
E840/50 Tube Poweramp - $1,359.00

CABINETS
1 x 12" Standard Cabinet E 112 S - $466.00
1 x 12" PRO Cabinet E 112 V - $509.00
2 x 12" Standard Cabinet E 212 S - $714.00
2 x 12" PRO Cabinet E 212 V - $764.00
2 x 12" PRO Cabinet E 212 VH - $772.00
4 x 12" Standard Cabinet Straight E 412 SG - $891.00
4 x 12" Standard Cabinet Slanted E 412 SS - $891.00
4 x 12" PRO Cabinet Slanted E 412 VS - $1,189.00
4 x 12" PRO Cabinet Straight E 412 VG - $1,189.00
4 x 12" XXL PRO Cabinet E 412 XXL - $1,274.00
4 x 12 Greenback Cabinet E412GS
2 X 10" Classic - $551.00

Footswitches:

Z-4 Foot Switch - $117.00
Z-5 Foot Switch - $194.00
Z-7 Midi Interface - $254.00
Z-8 Rack Mounting Panel - $58.00
Z-9 Midi Foot Switch - $203.00
Z-10 Foot Switch - $194.00
Z-11 Midi Switcher - $254.00
Z-15 Midi Foot Switch- -$356.00
Z-12 Midi Foot Switch - $237.00

Thanks to mark G for the uro price list

Prices are from Feedback, Thomann and Musik-productiv.

HEADS
Special Edition E 670 EL 34 - 2980 euro
Special Edition E 670 6L6 - 2990 euro
Invader 150 E 640 / 150 - 2222 euro
Invader 100 - 2099 euro
Savage 120 E 610 - 1849 euro
Ritchie Blackmore Sign. E 650 - 1190 euro
Powerball E 645 - 1499 euro
Fireball E 625 - 990 euro
Screamer 50 HEAD E 335 - 939 euro
Thunder 50 HEAD E 325 - 1085 euro


COMBOS
Sovereign 1 x 12" E 365 - 1899 euro
Sovereign 2 x 12" E 368 - 2111 euro
Classic Combo 2 x 10" E 350 C - 1222 euro
Classic Combo 2 x 12" E 358 C - 1444 euro
Thunder 50 Reverb Combo E 320 - 839 euro
Thunder 50 Drive E 322 - 792 euro
Screamer 50 Combo E 330 - 990 euro
Raider 100 - 1579 euro

RACK
E530 Tube Preamp - 485 euro
E570 SE Preamp - 1444 euro
E580 Midi Tube Preamp - 2299 euro
E850/100 Poweramp - 1599 euro
E840/50 Tube Poweramp - 999 euro

CABINETS
1 x 12" ENGL E 112S - 333 euro
1 x 12" ENGL E 112V - 366 euro
2 x 12" ENGL E212S - 499 euro
2 x 12" ENGL E212V - 549 euro
2 x 12" ENGL E212VH - 599 euro
4 x 12" ENGL 412 XXL - 1050 euro
4 x 12" ENGL E412GS - 945 euro
4 x 12" ENGL E412SG - 645 euro
4 x 12" ENGL E412SS - 645 euro
4 x 12" ENGL E412VG STRAIGHT - 945 euro
4 x 12 ENGL E412VS - 945 euro

SWITCHES
Z-3 Foot Switch - 30 euro
Z-4 Foot Switch - 79 euro
Z-5 Foot Switch - 169 euro
Z-7 Midi Interface - 199 euro
Z-8 Rack Mounting Panel - 47 euro
Z-9 Midi Foot Switch - 169 euro
Z-10 Foot Switch - 169 euro
Z-11 Midi Switcher - 199 euro
Z-15 Midi Foot Switch- -279 euro
Z-12 Midi Foot Switch - 189 euro

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I popped a pair of JJ 6L6GC valves into my ENGL the other day (for resons exlpained below) and WOW, talk about a lush, full sound. The valves that come stock with ENGL (much like alot of other amps) are re-branded Sovteks (probs the 5881WXTs, which are not the best valves in the world, lets be honest) and these JJs bring out another dimension of sound in my amp.

On another note, I have recently discovered that although the ENGL site says that this amp takes 5881 valves, it wont take them all. A while ago I had to re-valve my amp due to one of the output valves failing epicly, and after a while of research I ordered a pain of Harma 5881 cryo valves. I plugged them in and there was a quite apparent firey crackley sound which did not vary in volume upon varying any of the controls. I originally thought this was a biasing issue but it is not! It will take 5881/6L6GC tubes, but not 5881/6L6WGC valves. This is an easy mistake to make when ordering new valves as more often than not they don't specify between the two. Easiest way to do it is by looking at the base, the majority of 5881/6L6GC valves have a larger, raised base. Whereas the 5881/6L6WGC valves have a lower base.

I think this problem is down to the fact that the 5881/WGC valves are a lower power rated valve than a 5881/6L6GC, thus the former will only work on amps with a plate volatage of up to 400V, whereas the latter will work up to 500V. The ENGL Screamer putting out on average about 460V was basically frying the Harma 5881 valves and creating that odd crackle.

I thought I would post this here incase anyone else makes the same mistake I did.

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Here's an interesting site about pre-amp valves for ENGL screamers, thanks to the user SG Thrasher for posting it
http://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/...ead.php?t=61365
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:13 PM   #2
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Give me 2 months and I'll be the proud owner of an ENGL Thunder 50 combo (the one without reverb because it has better volume control) I absolutely love the thing though. Played it for at least 10 hours at the music store. I've never played anything better than a Screamer from the ENGL range but any Mesa I've played has beat it hands down I'm afraid. But for the cost in the U.K i'd go with ENGL. The Mesa's sound better but not THAT much better imo
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:14 PM   #3
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ENGL is fast becoming the amp of choice for guitarists
ive tried an engl fireball and loved it im holding out to see if i can get a 5150 head though
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:23 PM   #4
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Give me 2 months and I'll be the proud owner of an ENGL Thunder 50 combo (the one without reverb because it has better volume control) I absolutely love the thing though. Played it for at least 10 hours at the music store. I've never played anything better than a Screamer from the ENGL range but any Mesa I've played has beat it hands down I'm afraid. But for the cost in the U.K i'd go with ENGL. The Mesa's sound better but not THAT much better imo


eh, try one of the engls closer in price to the mesas... though granted that's pretty hard in ireland. Depends on the tone you're after too, of course. I'd never buy a mesa, just out of principle.
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:26 PM   #5
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as I said from what i've tried lol. I've never found anything better than a screamer and the only reason i've tried mesas is because my guitar teacher has a bunch (rich b******) he has a roadster, a dual rect and a 5:25 . I'm eager to try a powerball and a fireball out as i've heard great great things
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:33 PM   #6
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wow, that is a lot of money! as i said, I plain refuse to buy mesas because I know what they go for in the states. I don't like people making money by ripping others off.

i'm not too fussed on the fireball either, lol. I like the blackmore/Savage se (and i assume savage)/SE. I'd like to try the invader too. SE gets very expensive, though, there are possibly better options for the same cash (though few are as versatile).

obviously you may prefer the mesa tone...

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Old 08-27-2007, 05:34 PM   #7
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Ah I thought dave would be here soon :p.

I've put UK prices up.

The thunders are ok, but they are not as good as the screamer, especially for the 100 difference.
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:37 PM   #8
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^ haven't ever got round to trying a thunder...

Best make clear that footswitches are extra (cheapos at engl.. )

US pricing at www.rocksolidamps.com - better also make clear that in the US you have a lot of other options at similar or even cheaper prices. whereas in europe engl are pretty reasonably priced.
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Old 02-02-2008, 03:51 AM   #9
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I thought this would be the place to ask this. I play death metal, thrashmetal, and hardcore music and i need something that works with a 4 ohm cab, so I've been thinkin about the Ritchie Blackmore sig head because it's only a few hundred more than the fireball (which doesn't have 4 ohm selectability). Would this be good for it? or should i save a bit more and be way better off with a powerball? thanks in advance.
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hard to say to be honest. can you try them?
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no because i live in canada, if i were to get one it'd be off musiciansfriend most likely, i would love to try one because after the audio clips i've heard and some of the you-tube vids, i almost like the tone out of the ritchie blackmore sigs better than the powerball, but that's just me. anybody know of any place near vancouver or a little inland where i could try them?
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Maken Music in Chicago carries ENGL amps. I was just there this afternoon, they had a Blackmoore and a Fireball. Alas, I didn't get a chance to try them out (had to leave abruptly) but I will some day soon!
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chicago is thousands of miles from BC, as far as I'm aware.

the richie blackmore is more of an 80's rock/metal amp and is very open-sounding, while the powerball is more modern, and has a lot more gain and is more compressed. i probably prefer the blackmore too, but it does depend what you want. i could see some of the modern metallers not thinking the RB has enough gain, though i do know of some modern metallers who like it.

it's all preference, unfortunately, which is why it's best if you can try one yourself...
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chicago is thousands of miles from BC, as far as I'm aware.


I know, but you guys want to start "The ENGL Thread", not "The BC Canada, ENGL Thread."
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ive been thinkingg about the screamer combo for a while now to replace my Vox DA15 - how high gain does it go, ideally want to cover anything from satriani, vai to jason becker, dream theater or some metal like nevermore - doable without pedals? Im in UK so ENGLs seem to be good value compared to the likes of mesa boogie
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thanks, i didn't mean to try to make it a thread about BC engl owners, so sorry, i was just wondering about some straight up info on it that's all. i could probably work somethin out to try one in summer, so it's no biggie. thanks again.
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I know, but you guys want to start "The ENGL Thread", not "The BC Canada, ENGL Thread."


hahaha touche, sorry, i thought you were replying to the guy from BC, not just making a general point for the thread!

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ive been thinkingg about the screamer combo for a while now to replace my Vox DA15 - how high gain does it go, ideally want to cover anything from satriani, vai to jason becker, dream theater or some metal like nevermore - doable without pedals? Im in UK so ENGLs seem to be good value compared to the likes of mesa boogie


it might. you'd need to try it to see. how much cash are you willing to spend?
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