Tony McKenzie is from Stoke on Trent in the UK. Big Dan is the
name of a Digital Recording Studio that Tony operates on occasion for musicians
in the UK - find out more about us as well as a wealth of other
information suitable for bands and musicians.
Over the years, you get to know what works and what doesn't when it comes down
to guitars, amps and cabs, effects and everything that goes with it.
If you buy a Marshall Amp, you generally know what you're getting - an amp that
has been pushed and pushed until it basically won't push any more.
a Mesa Boogie and again, you KNOW what you're getting - a pro device that does
generally what it says on the website, you know the sound, you know how
expensive they are and you know how reliable they are.
If you buy anything else, often it's a stab in the dark - you're trusting
your musical signature to something you can't be sure of.
I have been in this position on many occasions - and not just with Amps!
When I first picked up a guitar Jimi Hendrix and Santana were gods (and still
are!) so I had my work cut out trying to figure it all out.
Nothings changed today - if you're getting started or have a band formed then
it's basically just as hard as it always was. The tutorials are difficult, the
video's somehow are always filmed wrong and the music score... well who cares...
When I stopped listening to manufacturers about equipment - that was the
first time I actually could tell how good the kit was - whether it was a
particular guitar, an amp, an effect, strings, even picks. One thing was for
sure - there's more rubbish talked by manufacturers than you can shake a stick
It's true SOME manufacturers are really solid and can be praised for
promoting their products in the way that they should - honestly - and Engl Amps
do just that for me.
As I moved through the 70's with my Selmer Zodiac (yuk) and through Peavey,
Marshall, Gibson, Fender, etc I never really thought that my sound (the one you
hear on the home page of this site) could be achievable, worse still, the sounds
of the guitar gods we all listened to seemed to be just not attainable with the
You had to mod this, or change those, or... hey wait a minute, I'm paying for
all this throw away kit!
Each piece of equipment has moulded me through the years to what I am today.
If I could have heard what I can achieve today, I would never have believed the
sounds coming from that CD Player (what's one of those?) could be me.
Well I was wrong. After discovering all the kit including Mesa Boogie and
later the Engl E670 there is simply no stopping what I can achieve - and it's
hard to believe really.
Today, I use the following equipment and can condone it if it's in this list:
Marshall TSL100 : TriAxis & 2:90
Mesa Boogie :
Engl E670 Special
Line6 XT Pro Live :
Dunlop Cry baby :
TC Electronics Effects
Ground Control From DMC :
Digitech Effects :
Engl Speaker Cab
Marshall Speaker Cabs :
Fender Strat :
Gibson Jimi Page Les Paul
PRS Custom 24 (1991) :
The 'Dream' Strat (Gene Baker Custom
Ibanez Jem 7VWH :
Ibanez RG550 :
Ibanez RG **** :
Machine : Cheap Bass Guitar ($100) : and lots more bits and pieces...
There's more... but who cares... click a name to visit their site...
If you listen to the tracks on this site they will tell you much about how I
am today and how my sound is NOW - but it's been a very long and winding road. I
also use studio effects which are built in to my now aging Yamaha O2R desk - but
continues to serve me beyond anything I can throw at it - as it probably would
I have played mainly my own music and have developed this and reinvented it
many times, due to band bust up's or change of direction - or even a new piece
of equipment, and believe me, a new piece of kit or guitar can influence you
beyond what you can imagine.
That's why the Eniac Album has partly reinvented Tony Mckenzie! My style has
changed and is now very focussed and heavier - although I have some great
quieter tracks too.
Thank Engl Amplifiers for this latest sound - it is Awesome live and about
the same on record!
Thanks for reading this page and I hope it really makes you think before you
buy something - it's not easy to get where you want and I know first hand.
Thanks once again for visiting this site - and I hope you like my music.