Re: ENGL Amps
I used to own an Engl Steve Morse Signature head. It was like taking the Starship Enterprise to a gig. I used it with a Voodoo Lab Ground Control to access all of the heads functions. As far as gadgets go, it had everything, what it really lacked though was inspiring tone. I seem to like simplicity, and I really do not like compressed high gain tones. The clean channel on the amp was fantastic, but as you got higher and higher in gain, the amp got more and more compressed, which makes notes sustain forever, but there is no openness or air around the notes. I've played a few Diezels that are like that as well, they get overly compressed as the you go higher in gain and you lose that big guitar sound. Also, when the gain is that compressed you lose the touch sensitivity and ability to get a great clean sound out of backing off the guitar volume. Anyway, I still like my old Marshall JCM-800 and Budda Superdrive 80 amps for big, open, enveloping guitar sounds. I guess I have gotten too old for this nasally, one dimensional sound that newer amps seem to favor. There is a reason so many people try to copy old Marshall Plexi and JCM tones, they are very responsive to the guitar and guitar player rather than imposing the amp's character on to the sound. I do really like the Cornford MK50HII. If I ever get enough money together, that will be my next amp purchase. Anyway, good luck with your search, and try everything you can, you may not like anything that I like in an amp, which is why there are so many different amps out there.