Price paid: C$ 300
Purchased from: Mothers Music
Sound — 9
this amp is all about clean power. I am yet to make it distort much at all. I play in a Ukrainian functions band which entails lots of polkas, but it also includes rock and punk covers. This amp manages to cover them all, so long as you don't count on changing tones between songs. The basic sound of the amp is clean and does not bias towards a darker Vintage tone or an ultra-modern bright tone. It can create all but the most extreme distorted tones and it does not handle heavily detuned basses well.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this amp represents some major bang for buck. it's loud, durable and inexspensive. This is good for any bassist looking to get their first pro quality rig. However, the tones on tap will make it much more lucrative for more professional level players. it's warm, dynamic and clear. If you can play with just one channel, look into this amp. it's got tone, volume and an unbeatable price. You could get two of these for the price of other 2 channel amps (as I have done, it looks more impressive) and you'll have money left to buy nice, light neo cabs.
Reliability & Durability — 8
reliability seems to be top notch. I've gigged it about a dozen times now and it's always fired up quickly and quietly. Even after playing for 6 hours solid it's cold to the touch, probably due to the 2 speed fan. The graphic eq's sliders seem to be on the delicate side, but they don't seem any less sturdy than those on an Ampeg or Fender. Just look out for them a little or rackmount the amp.
Features — 8
This is Peavey's price concious and high powered bass amplifier. It shares the same features with it's more powerful sibling, the tour 700, save for it's power ratings (450 watts at 4 ohms and 300 watts at 8 ohms). It features an all solid state design with: pre-gain, post-gain, 9 band graphic eq, bass and trebel shelving, eq bypass, high and low gain inputs, normal/bright Switch, low freq cut, a subharmonic generator, onboard limiter, pre-eq DI out, effects loop, tuner out and an optional footswitch for the subharmonic generator. Overall, this makes for a simple but effective pakage. I play this amp through Peavey's tour 1X15 cab using either a G&L L2500 or a Fender Mark Hoppus signature and both sound great. The amp can produce nearly any tone that you want save for heavily distorted tones.