Hartke LH500 vs. Eden E300
Hey guys, I hope everyone is having a good weekend.
I'm getting ready to purchase a new amp and am having a really hard time making a decision. Unfortunately, the music stores where I live do not have either of these heads, so I cannot demo them. I have, however, played an LH500 and I thought it sounded great. I rocked a Hartke HA5500 for years and was always impressed with the power and clarity. It is my understanding that the LH500 utilizes a tone stack much like a Fender Bassman and will almost always have a great sound.
On the other hand, I have always been impressed by Eden. The Eden sound is unique to my ears - much like a combination of the Ampeg growl with the GK sizzle. I find the tone pleasing and am a fan of bands whose bassists use Eden gear, such as Incubus (on some recordings).
Therefore, in an effort to make a decision, I have been watching the Session Music reviews of each head on Youtube back to back all morning (as a matter of fact, I've watched so many of their gear reviews I should be fluently speaking German by the end of the month). It's still a hard call - both heads sound great. I like the old school tube sound of the LH500. I also like the modern growl of the E300.
My band plays a variety of music. We play mostly alternative rock originals and classic rock covers. Our originals have a Queens of the Stoneage/Alice in Chains influence. Our covers are mostly things like Led Zeppelin, Cream, CCR, The Doors, etc.
I most often play a jazz bass, but also use a P bass and a G&L L2000. My pedalboard consists of a tuner, a compressor, a Sansamp VT Bass, and a Big Muff Distortion. I use an Ernie Ball/Music Man HD-210 Audiophile cabinet.
I go for a punchy, modern rock growl with a bit of dirt and old school tube warmth in the signal.
What would you guys recommend? I know it boils down to what works best for me, but given the information I have outlined, what head do you think would better suit my goals? Which head do you think is an overall better product?
I look forward to reading your opinions.