Price paid: $ 549
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
The main reason why I selected this amp over any other was that I could dial-in a very full, round clean sound, and add a fairly convincing edge to the second channel sound. It maintains these definitions over a wide range of volume. There is a hint of natural compression (this is a tube amp) as well, so you avoid those ice-pick treble tones as you run up the scale. It has an effects loop but I don't use any. In my opinion, the purpose of buying a decent amp is to get at least one good sound, and this one has a few. I don't think this is a head-banger's amp: It definitely has a hint of that British tone but in my opinion bone-crunching overdrive it is not what this amp does best. I was very pleased at how dead quiet the amp is when I'm NOT making noise. That's a big improvement over all my aging black faced Fenders, Traynor, SS Acoustics and Marshall.
Overall Impression — 10
The Egnater Tweaker is well suited to my playing, ranging from raging blues to prog rock. The amp seems to be at home with my guitar menagerie, with just a few 'tweaks' - That includes various Soapbar and Humbucker-equipped Gibsons, and several Fender Teles/Strats. It even did OK with the ancient 'Floating DeArmond Guitar Mike' on my old Gibson Archtop. Overall, this is an extremely flexible and well thought-out product - with enough features to mold itself to your personal style and preferences, but WITHOUT being loaded up with scads of inane digital gadgets I see on so many modeling amps -(but haven't even approached for fear of their Space-station lunar control panels). The Egnater Tweaker was the right choice for me, as it will be for many others. I am sure it will become one of the best-regarded "all-around" amps that the amplifier cognoscenti will be talking about for years to come.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't had this amp long enough to rate durability. It does however appear to be well constructed of quality components, and I have little doubt that it will hold up well. (I'll give it a nine to be consistent with the other ratings and keep my fingers crossed.)
Features — 9
The Tweaker is aptly named, as you can dial in a wide variety of clean of over-driven sounds. The two channels share the EQ, but have separate switches that allow you to tailor the second channel to be as radically different or as subtle in channel switching as you care to be. I chose it in part for its mid-range 40W power, enough to play at home at moderate levels, and still compete with a drummer in a live/ small gig setting. Another important but often overlooked feature is the facility to select the appropriate resistance for your 4, 8 or 16 ohm cabinets. This feature alone ratchets the score up another notch.