View Full Version : Engl and Orange amps
12-03-2008, 01:35 PM
Since these amps are not as easy to find as others and try out I was wondering what the main differences between the models would be, mainly in terms of sound, (such as the fireball vs the powerball vs the blackmore). Same thing with the different orange models.
12-03-2008, 01:47 PM
That's a very broad question, and one that is really ear-dependent. I haven't tried those Engl models, but had an e580 preamp for a while. The cleans were okay, the high gain was great. Very german metal sounding. Kind of modded Marshall + low end balls. No in between sounds were convincing at all to me. Tried an Orange Rockerverb 100 recently. The cleans were okay, dark and without a lot of character, but okay. The high-gain was very nice. Very thick/fat/chewy, lots of harmonics, maybe a touch of fuzz mixed in or something. I really dug the gain tone. With the gain below 50%, it wasn't real convincing either. Would not get a Rockerverb for blues. :) Good luck...
12-03-2008, 02:12 PM
I have played 4 different Engl models ranging from more vintage Marshall type tones to higher gain rectifier tones. They are all pretty decent amps for the $, from what I have seen.
12-03-2008, 02:22 PM
For Oranges, AD series is more 'vintage' sounding. Kinda like a cross between the AC30 and vintage Marshalls. The Rockerverb series is more modern with a clean channel and a high gain channel. I myself had an AD30TC combo, foolishly sold it, missed it and recently bought a head version. Great amp...
12-03-2008, 02:28 PM
If you really wnat to be blown away by an Orange for both cleans and OD... try the anniversary OR50... Very nice sounding amp all around.
It's a reproduction of an early 70's model I believe.
12-03-2008, 03:54 PM
Im currently playing out of an engl fireball and I really like the sound and have actually been thinking about buying an orange cabinet to go along with it eventually. Thanks for the advice so far.
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