I was unsure whether to add this to an existing thread (and which?), so I started a new thread.
I recently had a chance to hear the differences between two higher-end amp heads (with same-brand and somewhat comparable cabinets) and I was very pleasantly amazed by the sound of the Bergantino Forte head.
First, I really wanted to hear the Eich head - had been interested in it for a while. They had the T1000 there and a 2x12 Eich cab. Sounded alright, but not quite what I think I like, really (without exactly being able to pinpoint why). Then, I played through the Bergantino Forte and their cool 3x12 cab (two speakers in the front, one in the back!), and that sounded just so much better!
Now, this has a lot to do with my ears still being trained to hearing what the differences are, and then having my brain and lingual center find ways to express what I hear in language that could make sense to others, but - to me - the Eich sounded more “muddy” and the Bergantino sounded more “transparent” (using fairly neutral settings, of course).
The guy in the store said that the Eich focuses a lot more on bass and treble (he probably put it a bit better than that) and that it sounded great for players that dig in more, especially also for more aggressive slapping styles, like Ida Nielsen’s. While the Bergantino, on the hand, lets you hear all the nuances that your fingers might produce.
This was far from a thorough test, as I hadn’t really intended to test-drive amps (I had wanted to try a Sandberg bass), but it was an eye opener for me and pushed me a little closer to the sound I think I am looking for. That said, either of the two amps are pricey and the same goes for the cabs. Still, something exciting to explore more.
Anyone in here who got any experience with playing or testing any of the Bergantino amps?