Hi all. I've mostly been living in the acoustic world since January. But lately I've been getting back into electric more and more. When I do play one of my ESP Eclipses, I've been totally satisfied with the sweet Marshall roar of my DSL50 head into a 1960B straight cab loaded with G12-T75s.
Last weekend I popped into my buddy's shop and they recently became and Engl dealer. So I plugged into an Engl Powerball II and was BLOWN away. Even at talking volumes, the tone was just SO fat, organic and alive, plus I could get nice, controlled feedback all day long. The tone seemed even more organic and complex than my my old Bogner XTC Classic, Shiva, and VHT Ultra Lead. It really surprized me! The only two previous experiences I've had with Engls were an old Ritchie Blackmore head (SWEET mod'd Marshall tones ala ACDC, etc in there) and an older Fireball 60 head (very buzzy, like an old Crate amplifier... ugghhhh).
Anyways... through some horse-trading and girations, I've got a mint Powerball II head on the way tomorrow. Just seeking input from current and former Engl users out there.
P.S. I'm an "old school" rocker who grew-up in the 80s and the modded Marshall tone has always been my holy grail. That's why I've been so happy with the DSL. But I also really enjoy the newer Power/Euro/Melodic Metal ala Kamelot, Nightwish, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil, Nocturnal Rites, Dark Moor, etc. So the itch that I intend to scratch with this Engl is more along those lines.