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6505+, Legacy or Rocktron Vendetta (TOL)?

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Hey gang. I'm thinking of picking up another amp. My #1 is a Peavey JSX head through B52 Stealth series cab (Celestion V30 speakers). I typically only play it as a half stack, but have both the straight and slant cabs for those times when 4 12" speakers just aren't enough (or I'm feeling particularly indulgent) ;)

I've been shopping around for something used. I'd like to keep it under $700. I think it's between Peavey 6505+, the Carvin Legacy and the Rocktron Vendetta (knowing I probably won't find a TOL and/or be able to afford one).

Here's my style:

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Of course everyone will recommend Peavey or Legacy - no one tried the Egnater. I'm biased, though. I've tried them all and I currently play an Egnater TOL 100. It won't do "nu-metal", but it does pretty much everything else. And for heavy rhythm, I just use Metal Zone into the clean channel. Egnater lead tones can not be improved upon, IMO.
You need to play with the presence to make it work for you. Here's how this works for TOL100:
1. Switch to ch3 or 4.
2. Switch to highest gain voicing (modern I think it's called)
3. Set all tone controls @ noon
4. Set channel presence @ noon, set master presence and depth at around 1 o'clock.
5. Play something lead-ish. If there's too much treble, cut the master presence or channel highs.

Also, the amp will sound different with different pickups. So far, I've found it sounds great with Seymour Duncan JB, DiMarzio Super Distortion or ToneZone in the bridge and Seymour Duncan '59 or Dimarzio Super 2 in the neck. The JB comes up to the top when compared to about half a dozen other pickups I've tried.
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