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Where do the UK / EU people go

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by acoupland, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. acoupland

    acoupland Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Not sure if this is a taboo question, but I'm an expat now living in EU and although I know that plenty of UK / EU people post on here, it is obviously US focused and is sort of annoying to try and find info on EU specific items.
    Problem is, I don't know where to go.

    I'll still be visiting here of course, but for more UK / EU focused crowd, what do people suggest? Could be amp or guitar focused, or even focused on a specific company etc. I've found a few random places but they don't bring me back, or the other problem is that they are country-specific and not in English :) So I assume UK is my only choice

    I'm mainly finding it hard to find info about UK/EU amp companies.
  2. schultzvil

    schultzvil In the Clean Channel Silver Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Germany/ Los Angeles
    HI, I'm an american living in Germany, and still find lots of useful info on TGP- I think if you 'hang out' awhile, you'll see lots of posts from the UK/ EU and lots of info about buying things on that side of the pond...
    pretty international hang here at TGP ;-)
  3. Andy J.

    Andy J. Member

    May 14, 2006
    Vaasa, Finland, Europe
    I find the interest in great gear to be pretty global and interesting European items get talked about quite a lot on TGP, too. For UK amp info I would turn to Plexi Palace: http://vintageamps.com/
    ...not only for vintage stuff, despite the name!
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012
  4. telecasting

    telecasting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    South East England, UK
    For info, here is a pretty safe bet for most things; and if you put UK/EU into a thread title you'll get all us Europeans commenting. There a fair few amps that I just had to go and try in the end as I couldn't get any info about them, but it ended up being worth my while so all is not lost.
  5. halcyon

    halcyon Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2008
    Bay Area, CA
    I guess my first question is, what do you mean by EU-specific items?
  6. C-4

    C-4 Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    I love Red Bank, NJ! Florida now Europe later
    Acoupland and Schultzvil,
    Damn you two are lucky to be living there. You aren't missing anything living outside the US, imho.
    All I play is European built gear for the most part, amps, guitars, anything else I can get and enjoy built there.
    I've never been anywhere, but Europe is the first place I'd like to visit.
  7. solitaire

    solitaire Senior Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    In the heartland of Sweden
    I'm sure the preference, let alone what's actually available/ obtainable, differs slightly from say Europe and America. Also although private import is always an option sometimes it makes choosing between sight-unseen items can be a hustle.
  8. StompBoxBlues

    StompBoxBlues Member

    Sep 20, 2005
    under the stars
    It is a tendency when you first live outside the US to assume this.
    For one thing, the mains power is not 110 (120, whatever) as in the US, so equipment that uses mains has to be configurable, switchable, or ordered for European power...there also are some other issues with the lead based solder, (not allowd) etc.

    But really, TGP works just fine even for expats, and there also are a number of us, I live in Norway for instance, but a lot of folks from a lot of countries here.

    For local based things, just like moving somewhere in the US, the best is to check out the local music stores, look for the bulletin boards (they still have them here too!), local used equipment nets (here for example is www.finn.no which has nothing to do with "the Fins" but is the norwegian word for "find", where the music section has tons of equipment) as well as a lot of music stores have web pages with forums, etc. Generally they are no where near as good as TGP on info, hate to say it but, sophisticated evaluations of things (not cork sniff nec. but wide experience would probably be better to say).

    Nope...TGP is still THE site for me. Love the insights, experience here, and nothing much that is going to change by crossing a border.
  9. stetyrrell

    stetyrrell Member

    Oct 27, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
  10. pawel

    pawel Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    http://www.musicradar.com/forum/ is a good forum, mainly UK-based, with a good clssifieds section.

    Where exactly in Europe do you live? Knowing that would make it easier for others to answer your questions or gve you any tips. There are lots of Europeans on the boards here.
  11. Loki

    Loki Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    I can only second Thomann. It has a broad variety of stuff, great conditions and really fair prices.

    Sadly enough Europe lacks in those brooding amp and pedal handbuilder-scene -.-
  12. jamesie

    jamesie Member

    Aug 5, 2007
    i´m from linz, austria and off course the handbuilder or boutique scene in the states is much, much bigger than in europe and when i´m looking for something special i´m always on the tgp site - unfortunatly the longer i´m staying here the more expensive. . . .:)

    in the moment i´m looking for a small head (about 18 watt or so) and the favourites for now are the dr.z maz18 nr, morgan ac20 dlx or dag 15, suhr badger and last but not least the fuchs blackjack 21 II - the most are not in stock but available in germany - unfortunatly 65 amps are harder to get (nearest for me is the hague in the netherlands) but lil elvis, london pro or the new ventura could be nice too (ha, ha, and i like the videos from dan boul, don´t know him in person but i think he is a nice guy)

    so i have lots of work in the next few month to check it
  13. Fuchsaudio

    Fuchsaudio Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Bloomfield, New Jersey
    Thomann has the new Casino amps on order, should you want to reserve one.

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