Tony Mckenzie One of Tony's more recent album's is a project called Eniac - this album is a take on Scientific practice and theory applied to the digital world.



The result is an album with a specific style - mainly written on and Engl E670 Special Edition - click for more. ...

you won't be disappointed with this - it's a modern style developed over many years and the Engl can be heard throughout the tracks.

Whether detuned, or regular tuning is your thing, it's all on this album - take a listen and see if you agree.


Triaxis & Engl - is this fair?
Mesa TriAxis & 2:90
The Ultimate Programmable amp - maybe so..
But what about those all important sounds? how does the TriAxis stand up today well over 10 years since inception?
Mesa Boogie are king? or are they...

It's true that innovation has abounded from this company, and it's true that some products are VERY complex to use. Mesa Boogie have developed some really good sounds over the years, but always suffer in the UK from loaded prices and a warranty that is at best poor in my opinion.

I have been on the receiving end of this with every Mesa amp I've owned.


This section is NOT here to slag Mesa Boogie - far from it, I remain a loyal fan of the company that has done at least as much as any company in the world to move Tube technology forward for Guitarists.

If you wanted to consider a TriAxis you would probably try and buy a 2:90 power amp which was made top work with the TriAxis - but alas these are discontinued. They are around second hand so that's the way to go.

But how good is the TriAxis system? it's now quite old and was the forerunner to the Rectifier developments in Tube amp design. See below how I compare the TriAxis with the E670 - yes the E670 is not a rack amp, but Engl do make exactly that in the form of a Special Edition preamp and of course the E580 so I think it's a fair comparison - read on to see how they fare...
 

 

 

TriAxis & 2:90  Clean Engl E670 Amp Clean
TriAxis & 2:90  Clean Picked Engl E670 Amp Clean Picked
TriAxis & 2:90  Crunch Engl E670 Amp Crunch
TriAxis & 2:90  Crunch Picked Engl E670 Amp Crunch Picked
TriAxis & 2:90  L1 Rhythm Engl E670 Amp L1 Rhythm
TriAxis & 2:90  L1 Picked Engl E670 Amp L1 Picked
TriAxis & 2:90  L2 Rhythm Engl E670 Amp L2 Rhythm
TriAxis & 2:90  L2 Picked Engl E670 Amp L2 Picked
N/A Engl E670 Amp L1 Bottom End

All sounds are MP3 - just click them and listen.
 


Click HERE to listen about the TriAxis Rack Used.

Click HERE to listen about the way we tested.

I have been an ardent TriAxis user for about 8 years. Through this time I have learned much about the TriAxis and the 2:90 - and indeed many other rack pieces of kit.

You might well want to checkout my site for TriAxis www.tonymckenzie.com to see some of the things on there. Items include my guitar collection, music, studio, reviews and a host of other things for guitarists.

I look forward to meeting you there sometime.

In real life the TriAxis is difficult to use. The sounds can be coaxed out of this amp and they are very good when you get it right - but the TriAxis alone costs Ј1995.00 in the UK...

 

Add to thet the 2:100 (the 2:90 is no longer available) and you have near enough Ј4000.00 for a basic setup without all the switching gear.

My rack originally cost near enough to Ј6000.00 to leave the change as a tip and for that kind of money - you better be darn sure that the thing delivers.

The Engl - compared to the TriAxis is a piece of cake - that is, unless you try and change the Engl E670 channels with a Boss GT-8. I tried it once and spent about a month on it - that is, before I sent the GT-8 back and bought the XT Live - which by the way worked right out of the box, as did the ground control etc etc.

The moral is simple - buy amateur kit - get amateur results. My view is that the GT-8 is designed as a mass product and NOT a pro piece of equipment - so I guess I got what I paid for.

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