Ok, so my Engl Gigmaster 15 is probably on it's way out, because after spotting the Engl Ironball 20 I've been completely in GAS mode.
But wait! A challenger appears!
IRT-STUDIO | IRONHEART | Laney
I've never really gone for Laney before, but after looking at the IRT Studio, this seems like it's really up my alley. For a small, 15 watt amp amp, there's an insane amount of features, 3 channels, and even USB The only thing it's missing is Midi functions! Fred's video makes it sound really good, so I'm certainly impressed:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFD3200Q25s]Fred Brum - Laney Ironheart Studio - Vortex - YouTube[/VIDEO]
So now my dilema pops up, should I aim for a Laney IRT Studio? Or keep gunning for the Engl Ironball?
My main amp is still the Engl Invader, and I absolutely love it. I like a nice bright tone, so I'm half wondering what do you guys who've played the Laney think, would it get close to that kinda sound? Price wise, I know the Laney is nearly half the price of the Engl, but I don't really want that to be a factor.
I would personally go for the Laney. I've tried the bigger Ironhearts and they were really great amps. I'm horrible at articulating specifics in tone so I'll let someone more fluent than myself to describe how the Laney felt, but the best way I can put it is that it did feel crunchy but more contemporary than say a Marshall or Orange kind of head. Definitely dig it. I'm an ENGL guy myself, as my main amp is a Savage, but for the size and the functionality that you get out of it, the studio wins in a heartbeat. The ENGL does have a much more tight saturated tone, but the Ironheart was great.
The biggest win for me personally is the emulated out to be honest, being able to plug in direct live whilst also driving a cab, all from a 2U rackmount is unbeatable. That, and even though money isn't a factor, having money leftover is definitely a plus.