Man My Black n Tan is wonderful all the time it doesnt loose the tone even after playing it a full gig set,and man the 15 watts it puts out is very loud can play good size gigs with it,I use a 2-12 with blues Alessandro Cab.thanx - The amp really sounds good but it's not for everybody .
although I'm really happy with it - it seems a bit temperamental and at times it feels like it gets a little too cleaned and hardens up after being on for more than an hour - this could be a figment of my imagination and I've spoken to George about it and he has no answers but still the amp sounds great 90% of the time.
I think that what happens is after an hour of playing my ears get used to the sound - it's like eating chocolate - you always want more!
I've been sitting on the fence thinking what to get next - /13 ( but I already have a great Slash 2555 ) - I've heard all the D13 clips and all are great but I still prefer my Slash 2555 for overall tone.
i've also been dabbling with the idea of a D-style amp but deep down I know that I don't like channel switching especially after playing the English.
i think I'm getting a bluetick next - i know it's similar to the English but i think it's gonna be even better for me!
here's a clip of my Marshall slash with 4x12 greenback Celestions
the song is called - " you Should Know "
I'd love to hear a clip of the BnT - that's another amp that has intrigued me but I can't seem to find a single clip of this amp anywhere!Man My Black n Tan is wonderful all the time it doesnt loose the tone even after playing it a full gig set,and man the 15 watts it puts out is very loud can play good size gigs with it,I use a 2-12 with blues Alessandro Cab.
These amps are great tone generators!Also I had the Mullard real tubes ordered with the amp maybe tubes might change your preception of ear fatigue.
I'd love to hear a clip of the BnT - that's another amp that has intrigued me but I can't seem to find a single clip of this amp anywhere!
thanx - i love my english but i'm now in buying mode again and i think a bluetick is on the cards next - I've always been tempted by the /13 stuff but in the back of my mind I know that my Slash 2555 is a hard act to follow - even for a /13.Great sounding clips!
it's the newer copper chassis - it's got silver plating but the silver is starting to wear out in places and the copper is shining through.What vintage is your english? Aluminum chassis or the newer version?
I've changed tubes many times - I'm no tech by any means but logic tells me it's heat that's causing component drift?I've never had that experience with my English. Maybe a check or change of tubes is in order. And I've had a fan blowing on the tubes from day 1.
Like anyone else I've also thought about selling the English - and I kinda sold it to my brother for a week but after hearing some of my recordings with it I quickly returned the money and took my amp back.Nice playing!! I have a high end english and had a b&t. Sold the b&t because the english could do the same thing only better IMO. I've thought about selling my english a few times but every time I get ready to pull the trigger I step back, play it awhile, and then realize that it is one of the best sounding amps I've ever heard.
If you don't like channel switching but are gassing for another amp, try the new Two Rock Classic Reverb. One channel, class A tone monster that reminds me of a cross between my English and a Matchless DC-30. It is my current favorite amp, but you know how that goes. My favorite until my next purchase.
I'm always amazed when I see an English for sale because I feel they are better than the usual selling price indicates. IMO Alessandro amps will be a collector's dream one day when George retires.
you are so lucky to be able to just drive to " George's " shop - I live in South africa and rely on clips.Great sounding clips.I've been on the fence about getting a English and your clips make me want to check one out.I'm within driving distance from Alessandro's shop.I should give him a call and see if I can stop by and play through one in person.
here's an update on the sound changing after the amp heats up - I've solved the problem by keeping a small fan on the back of the amp with the back cover off.it's the newer copper chassis - it's got silver plating but the silver is starting to wear out in places and the copper is shining through.
my only complaint with the English is that to my ears after about an hour of playing - it seems as if the amp cleans up and there is less gain - nothing wrong but i prefer the amp in the first 15 minutes .I've asked george about this but he offered no advice other than to say that most people experienced the opposite - amp having more gain after playing for extended periods of time. this could also be my ears getting used to the sound and wanting more......?? but i think it could be the heat effecting the components and changing the sound slightly.
I'm going to try keeping a small fan blowing on the tubes while playing to see if it makes a difference.
other than that the amp is absolutely lovely to play.