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Alchemist spins the visions of discerning guitarists into gold.

The Bogner Alchemist Series 212 is a guitar combo amp that boasts sparkling, articulate cleans; touch-sensitive leads; and a bright and colorful crunch. Alchemist is a modern take on vintage tube amp design. The Alchemist 212 amp owes its remarkable tonality to a 6L6 class-AB power section, a five-12AX7 preamp and premium Celestion speakers. It owes its timeless appeal, though, to classic innovation, modern ingenuity and the entrancing ancient mysticism of alchemy.

The Bogner Alchemist has a 2-channel design, each channel with its own voice and identity. Beginning clean and fast, featuring an open top-end and tight bottom-end, Channel 1 opens gradually to present simmering blues tones that churn like spirits in a cauldron. Advancing toward saturation, Crunch mode turns up the heat, adding the perfect touch of nastiness with added pick response and increased tonal complexity. Channel 2, achieves critical mass, invoking the famous white-hot Bogner gain—creamy, modern and screaming with sustain—offering everything from Brit rock right through to modern metal. Plus, with variable Bright settings, each channel can be customized to match the tone of your guitar and rig.

Featuring a selectable power section, from 40 to 20 watts, the Bogner Alchemist sonority quickly transforms to display a very different kind of magic. When switched to 20 watts, the Alchemist 212 undergoes a complete sonic metamorphosis, changing its harmonic complexity and feel to conjure the essence of the legendary Brown sound.

Reverb and Delay, in variable styles and levels, run in parallel separate from the original signal. The result is a rich, living and breathing, fully realized resonance capable of producing a complete tonal landscape.

Bogner includes a 4-button footswitch with the Alchemist 212 tube combo amp.

FEATURES
  • 6L6 class-AB power section and five-12AX7 preamp; selectable power section (40 or 20 watts)
  • Two 12" premium Celestion speakers
  • Channel 1 (gold): Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Volume, Crunch mode, variable Bright, Deep switch; Channel 2 (mercury): Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Volume, variable Bright, Mid Shift; Shared: in parallel, Reverb Type, Reverb Level, Delay Type, Delay Level, Delay Repeats (Feedback), Tap Tempo
  • Included four-button footswitch controls Channel Select, Boost, Delay and Reverb

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BognerAlchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty good but not great

By famous beagle

from NC

Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp sounds great --- especially for something that's not $3k or something. Pretty much all of my deductions have to do with features and quality.I gig fairly regularly -- between 4 - 6 shows a month usually -- and I've been doing that with this amp for about 8 months now. Here is a list of problems the amp has developed so far:Transformer came loose: I was getting ready to load into my car one day when I noticed the tranny hanging by one screw! The other 3 screws were long gone, but I was able to find replacements and tightened it back up snug again.Footswitch is malfunctioning: The first thing I noticed was that sometimes the delay wouldn't shut off when I hit it. That doesn't happen too often, and I don't use it often, so I hadn't bothered with it. But now, the channel switching button doesn't engage unless you really stomp on it hard. I imagine I'll have to crack it open and do some resoldering.Knob screws came loose: Had to tighten them down several months ago.Squeling: A few times, when I've turned it on, it's done nothing but squel at me even with the volume completely down. This has gone away each time after turning it off and letting it sit on standby for a good 10 minutes or so before turning back on.Crunch mode switch: I love this switch, but I really hate that it's not footswitchable. I'd probably trade the reverb switch for this one, but that's just me.Bottom line is that the amp sounds really nice (as many reviewers have stated), but the cost-cutting manufacture is definitely apparent in the quality. I'm fairly certain most of these amps will need maintenance if you want to gig regularly with it.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great 2 twelve amp

By quat4X4

from Fayetteville, GA

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Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Having read many reviews about this amp and playing one at my local store I finally jumped in and bought one. This is a heavy amp 85 lbs but that said well built. I was expecting the unit to be produced in the USA for the price range but then everything is moving out of the country so what can you do? Get right to the point this is a very user friendly amp, just the right amount of conrol to get very over the top clean and some very heavy grunge. I give the eq controls a lot of cudo's for having more then just off and on flavor. Both channels can be driven clean as well has very hot. The effects section was better then expected. I am not into any stomp boxes in the signal path. I want the amp to do the work, keep it simple. This amp does that perfectly! The footswitch looks like it will go the long haul built like a tank. The two different celetion speaker combinations are great just put a SM57 in front of the one that suites your needs. One is very warm sounding the other has some top end bite.I also added a VOX 2 twelve 16 ohm extension cab along with the internal speakers and it just came alive that much more. For my style of playing contempory christian which includes very clean as well as crunch on the newer material this amp makes my life easier. Just plug straight in, no boxes, drop a mic in front and go. I use the 20 watt setting as this seems to be the most musical. Very loud! I play, Teles, Strats, PRS Swamp Ssh, Rickenbacker 660-12 thru this amp and the eq handles them all very well. Each guitar has it's own character and takes some eq'ing to get right and this amp comes thru with flying colors. Quick review on the effects, I like a touch of reverb and the 3 choices this amp gives you are very natural sounding without being over the top. The ducking delay setting is one of my favorites. Works perfect on searing lead work in the punch mode of channel two. The tape echo also sounds just like an old tape machine should, a little warble and rolled off highs, very warm and again musical. My setup just got simpler, one amp, one cable and the guitar of choice from my arsenal. To many to list. Jump in you won't be dissapointed. I can't pass by this amp without wanting to play. Enough said!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Killer sounding amp and incredible value

By Steven Plump

from Illinois

Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Do your homework. If you need the footswitch (I dont) replace the cable with a high quality XLR cable.
To qualify, been playing guitar over 30 years, own a recording studio and been through many amps both for recording and live. Make no mistake, the Alchemist 1x12 or any variation are serious amps that happend to be made in China. I also own a divided by 13 SJT10/20 Mesa Lonestar, Vox, Fender etc and I also repair amps. This is a well constructed high quality amp with verstaile and workable EQ, lots of features, two channels, a cool footswitch with an XLR connector and Celestion V30 (no.. not one of those made in Ipswitch) decent effects (if you dont have these already on a board) and more. I have the opportunity to do A/B testing with Mesa, Vox, /13, Orange AD-15 and others. Does ot sound like a JTM? no, blackface? (close) but it has a cool tone all it's own. It does require carefull adjustments and sometimes the knobs end up in places that dont look "normal" but who cares! You can tweak a nice clean sparking clean tone and do your OD/Distortion up front. Crunch setting is great for thin hair. The amp overall has alot of gain on both channels and for me I used a JAN 5731 in V1 and a Tung Sol 12AT7 in V2 and brought the gain down to more usable levels on both channels. Highly recomend doing this. Bogner uses good tubes already in V1 and V2 and Chinese in V3,4,5 (loop buffer and PI where not as important to the tone. I got this 1 x 12 from Musicians Friend for a silly price with freight included! Nothing can touch it for the price. I drive the front end with OD's/Delay/Reverb and it sounds great with all my guitars: Fender Cabronita, PRS Mccarty, Gretsch 6121 and even with an inexpensive Epi ES-339 (killer value btw that sounds VERY good with this amp). There have been some complaints about channel switching, etc. So far everything is cool and this poor guy runs in an enclosed insulated off stage amp box and cooks away for 6 hours at a stretch. It is doing fine and mic's up with a 57 or E906 VERY well. Interestingly, there is a wooden "brace" running right down the speakers middle almost like a beam blocker. (Also prevents you from miking direct on-axis which is a good thing). Took part to have a look at construction and it is very well done. Hey My Dr Z Maz 18 failed in the first 2 hours of use requiring dissasembly and a trip back to Z. I do not not take them to task for this. It happens. Z makes great amps and this offshore-made Bogner is a great amp.
See above - No problems. Built very well (take it from a guy who repairs them) decent tubes and speaker as well as the cabinet construction. On par with many upper end amps.
I got this 1 x12 from MF shipped very quickly at a riduculously low price.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This amp almost sounds great from the factory

By Zwee Di Dah

from Pert near the Grand Canyon

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Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Initially, I thought the Bogner Alchemist 40W 2x12 Combo Amp sounded okay but not great. The bottom end was a little too muddy and I couldn?t EQ it out. As I was debating whether or not to send the amp back, I decided to scrutinize the owner?s manual. On page 6, under the Tubes heading, the manual states you can experiment with different preamp tubes in the gain section. I removed two 12AX7?s (gain factor 100) and put in two 12AT7?s (gain factor 60). Wow, what a difference! The low frequencies changed from mud to a deep thunk, which was just what I wanted to hear. With this sound, the amp is definitely a keeper. I?m marking the quality down a little bit because I thought the cabinet covering could have been tucked in around the control panel instead of cut at the edge. Seems like it will begin peeling back after a while.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Amp!!!

Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Overall, I think this is a great amp! You have the two different speakers in a wonderfully solid and beautifully designed cabinet. Just this feature alone is worthy of mention because each speaker has different frequencies that are highlighted which, to my ears, brings out subtle nuances that would otherwise go unnoticed. It has the two channels which absolutely covers chimey fender cleans to the full on marshall gain. Then you have the tweaker toggles of bright, deep, mid shift, etc., which changes the character of the amp. I can absolutely play and find awesome settings for any of my guitars whether it is the tele, strat, les paul, or rg. I really like it!

I will say that I am kind of surprised how many negative comments this amp received. From what I can tell and have observed through playing it is that it is a fantastic product and pretty much a marvel of amp angineering. Don't worry what these kids who don't know tone from toilet paper have to say with their negative stupid comments. If you can't dial in a good tone with this amp then you are hopeless as a guitar player anyway.
In my opinion when it comes to features this amp really delivers a lot. I have always loved the sound of Fender amps as well as the Marshall sound and really this has both types of amps covered as far as I am concerned. The tone controls have a dynamic effect meaning that when you turn the knobs you dramatically hear a difference as you travel the range. The bright, deep, mid shift and other toggles also change the amps characteristics in a considerable manner. I couldn't be more pleased.
The thing is built like a tank and man is it heavy! I want to gig with it but travel and setup might leave my back hurting too much to make it through the gig! The thing is seriously heavy. It does have casters which is really helful. I do have small kids and the build makes it a bit easy to topple over. With being so heavy I made sure that I put it in an area of the house that the kids can't get to. If you have small kids you might consider doing the same. As far as reliability goes, I haven't had it long enough to tell. I have read quite a few negative comments but as far as I can tell I haven't had any issues at all.
I got this amp as the, "Stupid Deal of The Day" for only $600. It was such a bragain I bought three of them and plan to do some gigs this summer. I encourage everyone to check the stupid deal every day. You never know when something like this is gonna show up!

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome tube amp!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I walked into GC last week with a mind set of picking up a VOX AC30 or a Fender Deluxe the complement my new LP. Before even looking at both of these amps I glanced by this one and my eyes were glued. The initial thing that sparked my interest was the screaming deal they had on this. So, first thing I do is pick up a LP similar to mine and start jammin'. My mind is blown immediately. This amp packs a punch with its HUGE volume and dynamics. I suggest this amp to anyone! Hopefully in a few years I can pick up another Bogner, such as the XTC 101b. GREAT amp overall! Must buy!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NO sacrifice on tone, quality, and value!

By clay-tone

from LA

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Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This is an outstanding amplifier and begs an in-depth review. I've been completely inspired and blown away by this amp in the last few weeks. I found tones I didn't even know about that I love. The sound quality and build quality are 10/10 period. It is a total pleasure to play. That said I won't say this amp is without a few feature shortcomings hence my 4.5 rating. I absolutely love the clean and crunch modes on the clean channel. An easy way to switch between them (and less volume change between them) would be perfect. I solve that with a combination of playing the crunch mode and changing the V knob on my guitar and/or use my OD pedals. The 20 watt mode is awesome for a bit more spongy and loose (unchained if you will) breakup. Bogner invented the brown sound we all know and love by modifying EVH's Marshalls. So you know the 20 watt variac feature rocks. Its definitely a tonal adjustment and not to be considered a volume adjustment. Like I'm sure you've already read, the cleans out of this amp are downright beautiful. Moving on. The foot-switchable boost feature is great. A little bump of mids and volume/gain to fill a lead part - awesome. The built in effects, both reverb and delay, are very useful. 3 different modes of each. You will certainly find something you can work with. I haven't found much use for the gain channel with the punch switch off, but that mode isn't hurting anything being there right? With the punch switch on, the gain channel has a modern voicing and can take you from overdrive up to just shy of extreme/brutal metal. There is lots to explore on that channel between the gain knob, EQ, your guitar V knob, and any boost or OD pedals you might have. I've spent days carving out awesome tones on that channel. Literally. The gain channel is extremely quiet right up until the gain is maxed out. Pretty impressive. There is literally no noise on the clean channel.I hear some people have had success with a tube change. If the tone can get much better, I'd be floored. My overall experience with this amp is has been absolutely wonderful. For sound quality, versatility, build quality, and price, the value on this amp is outstanding. There are a few versatility oriented features I wish it had but considering everything else there is no room for complaint. This amp would be a great solution for the vast majority of players out there. At least do yourself the favor of playing it ASAP.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mine is a Jewel - Not a Lemon!

By Whammer Jammer

from Western Michigan

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Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

For the original price it's a solid 8. For what I paid on Stupid Deal - Fan-freaking-tastic! Let me reiterate solid amp with TWO RIPPING CELESTIONS...Need I say more?
Plenty of good features for dialing in your tone. Perhaps not as many as an Egnater Tweaker, but more than I need. Give me a gain knob and some reverb and I'm good to go. Read the description if you want to know what this amp offers in the way of features.

Be aware, it's got wheels and you'll need 'em. This sucker weighs over 80 pounds.
I was apprehensive about this amp when I bought it because of some horror stories I read about the quality. For me - no issues at this point.
$600 clams for this class A tone? Unbelievable value. It is a nice amp at the original $1300. TWO Celestions including my fave Greenback & Vintage 30 combination. This thing roars.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Floored!

By christopher buck

from Edgewater Fl

Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

My main preamp (German made) crapped out on 12 April. Gig scheduled today, 22 April. I literally bought this yesterday, 21 April, and brought it home. Dialed it in for two hours at an acceptable volume level. Did not like single coils (N6) for overdrive as much as it did humbuckers (N4/LesPaul Gary Moore). Either shine on the clean channel. Really, its that good. P90's are like ear candy! Anyway, gigged it today. I was floored! At stage volume level this thing compressed really nice...everything stayed very articulate and responsive to pick attack. Like a muscle car, this thing wants to be opened up! Unbelievable! This is a keeper!
Nothing fancy hear....knobs and a few "special" switches. If you are a guitarist with at least one good ear left, you will find what you are looking for here! Came with 4 button footswitch (LOVE my Engl e530 but had to ORDER the Z-4. Shame on you Engl!) and casters, nice! 20/40W switch is really a bonus. Builtin reverb/delay sound really nice, you get to dial in how much you want. If you don't work out, get a gym membership, this biatch ain't light!
This thing is rock solid. All the pots are smooth. Zero noise on clean, negligible on crunch. Only on the Mercury channel (OD) does a little hiss come into play. Again, in a band atmosphere you will not notice. No popping when using foot switch.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get this 2x12 version

By Maya-The-Dog

from California

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Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 212 40W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I don't own this amp, but have played all 3 versions of it (head, 2x12, 1x12) at stores in my area until they kick me out.It is a fantastic rock amp. Fantastic. Like most modern amps, you have to be willing to twiddle the knobs to get it's wide range of sounds out of it. It is completely different from an old classic amp, where the tone controls do very little. EVERY knob and button on this amp not only changes the sound a LOT, it also affects the settings of the other knobs. Stick a Strat or LP in front of it, each is fantastic, each is very different. Read the other comments for this combo version and the head version, the positive comments are all true. Rich, hi-fi Fender and Vox tones from the clean side, clean through very crunchy, then crunch through very over-driven and sustained from the hot channel. Every tone great, every tone usable if you have the chops to use it.Here's the inside tip though. This 2x12 version uses 2 DIFFERENT speakers, not both the same. This is something that the hipper boutique builders are doing now, blending the sounds of two different speakers and voicing the amp to work with them. Thus, this 2x12 version has it's own unique sound, above and beyond what the head or 2x12 version can deliver. Get this version!

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