So, when I was working at Daddy's, I came across an interesting old amp head in another one of our stores. I had it sent down to my store to check it out. It had been sitting around for a pretty long time, and been marked down a bunch of times. It ended up getting laid away in another store, but then canceled, and I eventually had it sent back to my store, where a friend of mine finally bought it for a pretty ridiculously low price. He ended up not finding himself using it very much, and offered me a trade deal that I couldn't really pass up, for something I wasn't using, so we did that tonight.
That means that I'm now the owner of an Engl E102 Digitalamp. I suspect that most of you guys haven't seen or heard of these before. They're digitally-controlled tube amps from the early to mid '80s...the first of their kind, and the amp that put Engl on the map. It's my understanding that aside from the digital controls, these are closely related to another early Engl amp, the Straight.
Each of the knobs on the front is a rotary encoder, and you have two banks of 4 presets that can be saved to the amp's internal memory, and there's a system referred to as "M.R.I.", or "Memory Recall Indicator", where an LED above each knob lights up when it's turned to the position where it's saved on a given preset.
Unfortunately, I don't have the footswitch for it, which uses an unusual 8-pin connector, but someone on another forum sent me a service manual and some schematics, so I may be able to come up with something eventually. It seems to need a little bit of additional work, likely including a retubing, but it's a pretty cool amp. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to play through it since my friend picked it up from Daddy's a number of months ago, and likely won't get to until this Thursday. As I recall, though, it definitely has that Engl character to the sound, especially at band volumes.
Enough talk, here are a bunch of pictures:
Wow! Interesting find! How does it sound?