Price paid: $ 951.6
Sound — 10
I have been playing for 12 years and have owned a couple of mashalls, Peavey 5150, Triple XXX, Orange etc. There are parts of all those amps that I liked but stuff which really annoyed me too. 52150, great metal tone, no clean, Triple XXX, great Live amp but brittle as hell and lifeless on tape, ok the clean is sucky too. Orange, rich mans Marshall, too pricey for the quality of the sound. I have basically been looking for an amp that does it all, it's a tall order, Fender clean, AC/DC crunch, Marshall lead, 5150 saturated distortion without a fancy expensive footswitch which isn't gonna put me over my credit card balance. This amp is all of these things!
Clean - Fender type clean, complex and belly. Good with TS pedal for a bit of break up, sounds lovely with a drop of TC reverb thru the FX loop. Everything here from Chili's to Explosions in the sky.
Crunch - This channel does those touch sensitive Brit rock tones at low gain, turn up the gain and it's Foo Fighters with thick overdrive and plenty of gain, brilliant for hard rock ec etc.
Lead - Ok, every metal player is looking for that tone. I don't want a recto tone because everyone wants one and it sounds dated as hell. This amp cranked is more like a 5150II without all the fizzy overtones. it's got enough gain saturation and is brutal. it's not my bag anymore getting that really fizzy thing but it does it, but with a little more style then the competition.
This amp could be used for any style from people Who want super cleans to tech metal stuff. This amp only start to get noisy runnig hot, nothing a NS can't fix. In my opinion this is the best amp I have ever used. it's perfect for gigging players, I Love it
Overall Impression — 9
I play in a metal rock band so I need brutal crunch for palm muting stuffage, thick rhythm crunch and maybe now and again stuff delayed cleans. This amp is awesome. Go buy one. Engl is way up there with bogner, framus, vht and all of the bootique amp guys. this is the best I had so far and I had allot of amps including Mesa, Marshall, Peavey, Fender, Garnet, the Mesa stuff was good but not like this. This one will be hard to beat.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have not had it long enough to judge it's reliability but it looks like it is built like a tank. Meatl everywhere from the steel grill like front to the aluminium plate that the knobs are attached to. It is fairly light at around 19 kg's but seems to be very well built. Not much in it to go wrong, really.
Features — 9
Made in 2006, pretty simple front panel, gain, bass, mid, treble, crunch volume, lead volume, master. The word here is simple. I've read some reviews saying it's a bit annoying only having one gain for all the channels but it's not a problem. The clean channel stays crystal up to at least 2 o'clock and to be honest I have no idea why you would want to put the gain knob past 2 o'oclock any how, it starts sounding a bit my first heavy metal fizz if you do that on the crunch and lead! I bought this amp for it's lack of bells and whistles. I had a Triple xxx with all this shit on it that you never use, and their is an un-useable drop out when using the footswitch between channels. You turn this on and there is no midi pedal to break and cost you? 120, just 3 useable channels which can be switched with a jack input footswitch. The guy Who designed this just made an amp but without all the features that you never end up using.