#1
...and possibly a slightly long review. Maybe

After humming and ha-ing for many hours and under pressure (I was only in the city for a few days trying this bad boy out) I finally pulled the trigger and got a brand new amp and cab. An Engl Gigmaster 15 and Blackstar HTV-212 cab. And for what I had before, a crappy Traynor DG30D, this thing is sex. (sorry for large pic)



On the Engl, left to right, the controls are as follows: Input gain, lead drive, bass, mid, treble, lead volume, mid boost (awesome), lead clean, which isn't really clean at all, at least for what I use it for, which is the br00tz. I use the not-lead, (so the 1st channel?) for cleaner stuff.



With the push of a button on the amp (or on the footswitch I got as well I can go from really warm, like that nice warm feeling when you discover your car has seat warmers in them, to a very nice natural tube distortion great for everything metal.

Its also got a very useful power-soak feature so you can go from 15 watts (used when parents/neighbours aren't home/ gigs) to 5 watts or even 1 watt (when everyone else is home).

One of my few quips with this amp is that the 1 watt setting is mediocre at best, but maybe I haven't found the right EQ for it, and after playing $900 for this head, I don't want mediocre. Along with the power-soak, there is a speaker defeat setting used for recording, which is nice.

This amp alone has made me want to get more into lead-work, and I have already within a few days of playing through this rig made a couple songs which only have to be fleshed out. I would put up clips, but the mic in my laptop is garbage, I doubt I will be able to use the amp to the best of its abilities, and I'm lazy.

I don't have much to say about the cab, because I've never had one before and don't know what is "good" or "bad" in a cab, but its pretty damn loud, loud enough for any kind of practicing and any kind of gigging in my town (though I'd probably be mic'd anyways). Its a tad heavy at 50-some pounds, but its better than having to carry a 4x12, so not complaining.

Regardless, I'll be using this setup for a long time to come. Surprisingly she's very versatile, and will be used in most situations.
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#2
I saw 50 lbs and I was like =O
then I realized you were talking about the cab

HNGD Man! Looks sexy and I bet it plays as well also

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#3
Hey man, did you get that from quest musique? lol
I'm sure it sounds sweet. Though that's pretty expensive, I always look at the smaller engls and am surprised by their price.
#4
god damn.....another amp i CANT buy
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#5
HNAD! I love 212 cabs. My 212 recto cab is a heavy beast too. Last time I took it out of my basement I tweaked my back, and was in pain for like 2 weeks. Can only imagine what a bitch it would be to move one of their 412's.
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#7
Yeah I got it from Quest Musique.
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Current Rig:
2006 PRS CE-24
Mesa/Boogie Mark V
Voltage S212 w/ V30's
Strymon Timeline
CMATMods Signa Drive
TC Electronics Corona & Hall of Fame
#8
Confrabulations. These things have a lot of gain to them. Considering ENGL were aiming the amp for the blues rockerz, it has tonnes on tap for the metal headz, too.
#9
Very nice. I'm looking forward to trying that amp. :sienfeld:
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#10
Aw man thats nice. Im hoping to be able to treat myself to an Engl amp this Christmas.
That being said, need sound test nao !
#11
Happy NAD!

Quest is the best shop in town IMO - did you watch the video review they did of it before you got it? it sounds killer.
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#12
Nope, didn't watch the review until I tried it our myself. Sounded awesome for the short time I had with it.

Now I'm GASing for an 8 string.
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This post may contain my opinion and/or inaccurate information.

Current Rig:
2006 PRS CE-24
Mesa/Boogie Mark V
Voltage S212 w/ V30's
Strymon Timeline
CMATMods Signa Drive
TC Electronics Corona & Hall of Fame
#13
Oh how cute, it's an Engl puppy.

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#14
Thanx for the GAS!!!!! HNAD ive gotta check one out!!
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#15
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Very nice. I'm looking forward to trying that amp. :sienfeld:


i just got that seinfeld part

I was wondering if someone would recognize the cheers cast
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