Originally posted by shred-o-holic
This may kill my resale but honestly I haven't noticed a huge difference. Some people claim there is becuz supposedly egnator uses better components. I've never tried the Randall SL+. JKD had my SL++ along with his Randall version for a brief stint and may chime in with his impression of the two...
OK...so I had the two side by side in the amp. I have to say the only difference really is the extra voicing switch you get on the Eggie vs. the Randall. I didn't study what the voicing switch actually did electrically but it sounded more open in one mode than the other and chances are it shifts the mids.
Unfortunately I think I learned how to dial in the SL+ after I gave shred the Eggie back. I didn't like the SL+ (either version) at first...too unfocussed but the 'secret' is (as with most amps I suppose) to open it up (Channel vol. 9 o'clock, Power amp/Master at 12 o'clock or greater.)
I had been thinking that the SL+ was too dark also....guess what happened after I changed my strings this weekend? Sounded much brighter and the overbearing bass impression I had been getting was almost gone...DOH! (Homer J moment.)
I also discovered the RM100 is *very* boost friendly. I "Bad Monkey'd" it up this weekend:
Level - Max
Low - 9 o'clock
High - 12 to 1:30 o'clock
Gain - <= 9 o'clock
That said - clearly the Egnater version is largely handcrafted. A quick look at it revelead:
1. Different switching - looked like the Eggie version had some sort of relay vs the FET switch on the Randall
2. Higher spec components
3. The board layout looked a little different overall - but this could have just been PCB revisions???
Would it be more reliable long term? I don't know. I think you get a lifetime warranty with the Eggie version but Randall aren't slow on support either (in fact they are awesome!)
Another observation from this weekend (I spent a couple of hrs annoying the wife):
Now I opened the amp up some more (and changed strings)...can actually here a large difference between the Plexi and SL+ modules even when EQ'd similarly.
The Plexi does a mean version of Hangar 18 (with a boost..although it could probably get there without with gain maxed)...am still struggling with recording it though.