I had a solid state Ibanez amplifier (10w) which broke down on me a couple weeks ago. I used a POD X3 live to play through it and I got a satisfying sound in my living room. However I may start practising with friends so I need better options. I checked some ENGL videos on youtube and those amps seem to be quite good. Now, here's the considerations:
- I don't have a car, so portability is an issue for me.
- I'm mostly into playing genres that fall into 80s rock, modern rock and progressive (dream theater style, papa roach, disturbed, etc) but also my friends who I may be practising with are more into jazz so the amp would hopefully be flexible enough to accommodate for all this.
- Money.. the less I spend the better, but I'm willing to pay more if it's worth it.
- I will still play a lot at home so the amp must sound good at bedroom levels
So judging by what I've seen on the Internet, the ENGL powerball sounded killer in most applications. However it's also a bit pricey and portability lacks if I don't have a car. Then I read about the ENGL Screamer 50... seems to be a perfect fit but I've read that it can't do high gain as well as the powerball (still probably gainy enough for what I need.. dunno). And then there's a cheaper option such as the ENGL Thunder but I don't have a clear opinion on this one.. is there a huge difference between the screamer and the thunder ?
If the Powerball really is the ****, then I may be willing to sacrifice portability a bit and go for it.. do you guys have any experience with these amps ? I just need to narrow down my choices a bit so I can go and try them out myself