Price paid: £ 50
Purchased from: The Bass Cellar
Sound — 1
I use the Peavey Zodiac EX bass guitar that this comes in a pack with. The bass is very good and you can go check my review on it. This amp on the other hand has little to no versatility: a clean, round sound and a dirtier "distortion" sound. It starts to be noisy whenever you roll back the bass or roll up the highs. At full volume this could potentially hold it's own in something like a school concert or a small, very small, venue. You can push the sound through the roof by putting the "normal" channel gain at maximum and then adding the second stage of gain with the "vintage" circuitry.
Overall Impression — 3
This is the only am I own apart from my Vox bass headphone amp, which isn't really an amp. This is an amp that is just there to do one thing: amplify your sound. No tailoring allowed, cheap options for a cheap amp. If this was lost or stolen I would find the person who did it and punch them in the face for stealing such a worthless piece of equipment and then go buy some GK head with an Ampeg cab or an Orange, Marshall, Peavey or Line 6 50 watt combo amp with 10 inch speaker.
Reliability & Durability — 3
This amp is so simple I would be really annoyed if it broke down. I have realized that lately the quality of the sound is getting worse and worse. Sometimes I get a lot of static and cannot change the "EQ" settings because putting highs back in gives more unwanted noise.
Features — 2
This amp is limited to plug and play beginner bass. It has what is really a cut EQ(only controls for High and Low, not even bass and treble). A volume(called gain) and a "vintage Trans-tube" distortion-y channel activated by a button. This is nowhere near anything good. It's only advantage is that it is cheap, dirt cheap, and you get what you pay for. Auxiliary IN for tape and CD and a headphones output in addition to the normal INPUT allow you to play with your favourite songs and silently.