Price paid: $ 350
Purchased from: Musicians FriendI
Sound — 9
I use my 2004 Fender P-Bass Deluxe Special with my BA-115, and it's a great setup. I flick all my guitar controls to full and set the amps tone Switch to "2" and get a sweet punk growl out of my rig. My only real problem with this amp is that after turning the volume past 1/3rd the speaker can rattle a bit, depending on how high you have the bass turned up. Other than that, the speaker has lots of punch and power, and sounds as powerful as an Ampeg should. I bought an Ampeg for that signature Ampeg sound, and I sure wasn't dissappointed.
Overall Impression — 10
I love this thing, and I love the price. I love the fact it has that great Ampeg tone and that signature Ampeg style. Coupled with the right gear, you can trash some serious sound with this thing. The BA-115 is my first bass amp, and I'm glad I shelled out the cash to get it, totally worth it. Near perfect.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had this amp for about 6 months now, and it's still perfect. No rattles (besides the aforementioned one) have emerged. It's powerful enough to do small gigs & practices with, my roomates claim it's powerful enough to take the house down! Never had a problem, solid as steel.
Features — 9
I got this rig as a christmas gift to myself, I could've paid another $100 for a tube-driven version, but after playing them back to back, this one was fine. The modeling knob has 5 settings, and it's pretty slick; setting 1 has a very deep tone, while setting 5 is very punchy and full of mid, I don't use anything past 3, personally. The CD in is slick, it allows me to plug in my iPod dock and play along. The tilt-back feature is key, and probably one of it's best features. I've never had a problem switching styles with this Ampeg, and in my opinion it's one of the best bass amps for the money.