OK I'm still riddled with guilt over my recent purchase, A Bogner Shiva 80W El34 head. It's just that I've never made a musical purchase this steep price wise, even though if you add up all my musical purchases it would be a serious chunk o change.
Played through an Alchemist and it completely sold me on the Bogner sound. The Alchemist clean channel just wasn't loud enough to gig with our drummer though, and I don't believe in micing anything that overlaps the vocals frequency-wise...PAs are for vocals. There's something about these amps that is very unique tone wise, I think I could pick them out easily in a blind test, the cleans are so warm balanced and pure, yet punchy.
And Curt Kirkwood of the meat puppets plays through an Ecstacy, even toured it few years back (did I mention I'm a huge fan?).
I've been debating over going the tube preamp-powerful solid-state power amp route to get those Jerry tones, and having a hard time settling on a proper rig. The Bogner isn't the same sound, but its really got its own thing going and the dead tunes sound fantastic through it. I would describe it as a Mesa Mark I sound but warmer, a bit more Hifi and modern sounding.
If you own a Bogner or have played through one, let me know your experiences/impressions!
Also I'm a bit hesitant to gig a 2K dollar amp, but I have a rule, if I own it and I like it, I gig it.
I'm running through an EV classic 1x12, sound is amazing.