Bogner Ecstacy - help needed

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  1. casus

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    I've decided to order an XTC next week. Got a few questions for whoever owns one.
    I'll be using a pedalboard with the Musicomlab mkIV on it. Is there any way to control all the footswitchable options on the XTC - with the Musicomlab?

    Also - which speakers work well with the XTC? I'm guessing a Bogner OS 2x12 with V30's is a safe bet?
     
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    I don't think so. The Ecstasy is not MIDI-enabled, and the footswitch is proprietary. Many of the switchable options are not controllable by the Bogner footswitch, either.

    If you're looking for a high gain, multi-channel MIDI-enabled amp, the ENGL Special Edition comes to mind. The Hughes & Kettner TriAmp is another one. There are probably some others, but those are two I know of - and the ENGL is quite a good sounding amp. I can't speak to the H&K, as I've not had the chance to hear one "in the flesh." Neither of these are inexpensive options but then again, neither is the Ecstasy.

    (I have an Ecstasy 20th Anniversary.)
     
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    Sorry, meant to comment on speakers, as well. The Bogner OS 2x12 sounds very good, but it's almost the size of a 4x12. I have run my Ecstasy with both a Marshall 1960BV (w/V30s) and a Marshall 425A (w/Greenbacks) and it worked well with both of them, but i slightly preferred the V30s. I didn't like it as well with Celestion G12-75T (as used in a standard Marshall 1960 cabinet.)
     
  5. mickelodeon

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    Footswitchable options are:

    Channel 1
    Channel 2
    Channel 3
    Boost 1
    Boost 2/3
    Standby
    Loop

    All can be controlled by any switching system that can switch 1/4" jacks with the use of a Medusa cable, available from Bogner, which switches their 7-pin to 7 individual 1/4" plugs. The Medusa cable isn't very long, so you'd need to either find a 7-pin to 7-pin cord and breakout at the pedalboard, or run 1/4" cables from the back of your amp to the pedalboard.

    Everyone recommends V30s. I've had the best results with G12-65s. People say that shouldn't work as the Bogner is a smooth/dark amp, and the G12-65s are a smooth/dark speaker, however I find the smoothness of the speaker lets me push the highs on the amp a lot more than I can with V30s, while avoiding becoming harsh, resulting in an overall clearer tone out of the amp. Your mileage may vary.

    Cheers!
     
  6. iggs

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    Sure thing, get one of these:
    http://www.rjmmusic.com/miniampgizmo.php

    With this cable:
    http://www.rjmmusic.com/store/searc...e=search&by_sku=on&search_in_subcategories=on

    Worked like a charm when I had my XTC.

    My fav cab is Bogner 4x12 straight with V30, never played the Bogner OS but lot's of folks praise it. I love V30 and think they work best for loud, live mix applications, especially with XTC.
     
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    Highly recommend the RJM mini amp gizmo. Even if you sell the amp later, you can use the amp gizmo for other amps - just get a new cable.
    I use my RJM on my Ecstasy & it works perfectly.
     
  8. B Money

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    I have an Axess Electronics AC8 'Amp Controller' that I used to change channels on my Ecstasy via midi.
    I haven't used it in a long time since I got away from using a midi foot controller, but it was a nice solution.
    The RJM amp gizmo is a similar device.
     
  9. casus

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    Awesome! Thanks alot for helping me out guys.
     

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