Hi ladz, I'm considering grabbing an Engl Modern Rock preamp because it seems a whole load more convenient to me. That way I could practice without needing the cab (which is in a room that gets cold as balls during the winter) and then have the power for when I need it. Eg: Gigs and recording. However, I have no clue what makes a good power amp. I'm ideally looking for something that can handle most small gigs well, so roughly 50 watts. Of course a budget is a concern because I have quite a few bits and bobs to save for so the Engl power amp isn't really on the cards.
I've seen a power amp by Rocktron called the 'Velocity 100' on Thomann for a pretty decent price, does anyone know if that's worth getting or have any suggestions?
IIRC, Engl's are all about the mids, so I think a Marshall (or EL34) flavored power amp would be tits.
I've had experience with a few, with my TriAxis; the Carvin T100 (older brother of the TS100), the MosValve 500, and the Randall RT2/50. I loved the 2/50 because it was midi-switchable between two 50W channels. I started with a 6L6 and EL34 sides, but eventually swapped the 6L6's for KT77's. I only sold it because I let the TriAxis go. The MosValve was solid state, but totally awesome. A FL resident on the board has it now (BigMike or BigDave... someone Big ). The Carvin was cool, actually ran it 50W with EL34's.