Price paid: £ 299
Purchased from: Red Dog Music
Sound — 10
I use a 2001 Gibson Les Paul Studio with the standard pickups. My pedal chain is guitar>Dunlop Crybaby> Boss TU2> Marshall Jackhammer (set for high gain)> Boss OS2> Valvette CustomDrive> Marshall Echohead. Its suits rock perfectly, and has a nice bite for funk. The amp isnt noisy until you turn the amp right up (but hey, its going to make a litle noise when it gets loud) but is hardly going to be heard in the mix with a band. This amp is INCREDIBLY easy to use. As soon as I got it, I plugged it straight in and had fun. Didn't even need to bother with setting the sounds at first because it just sounded sooo good! The gain will break the amp up at low volumes, but will break as it gets louder even with a lower gain. Very, very nice sounding amp. And if you want to know how it sounds, well it sounds pretty much like a Vox AC15, with a slight twist of Marshall. Its somewhere inbetween.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing around 4 years and 2 years in a band. Played many other amps, including Fender amps, Blackstars, Marshalls and Voxs. This is the only amp I own, but have played many amps, and have a very good understanding with amps. And being only 15 years old, I didn't want to spend loads on a tube amp, but still wanted one that would last me a long time. So far, this amp has been everything I wanted it to be- Nice, clean, bright and sharp. Its just beautiful... And for 300, you can't go wrong. Welldone Blackheart :)
Reliability & Durability — 10
Not had this amp long, but seems very well built, and theres no loose ends. Cant see anything wrong with the build, and heard good reviews of reliability. From the outer impression, it seems like its been built just like a handbuilt, more expensive amp.. Oh, and it is definetly a handsome devil ;)
Features — 8
I bought this amp brand new online. Found the amp very versitile and easy to use. I play mainly rock, but play other stuff like funk punk (chili styles). Its just got one channel, Class A, all tube and includes gain, master, bass middle, treble and prescence. The amp also incude a pentode/triode swtich which changes the amps overall power between 7W or 15W, useful for if you're practicing, or if you just want to play live. Theres no headphone jack and no effects loop (however, it does work very well with my pedal board running through it straight to the amp)However there are several output jacks (1X 16ohms jack, 2 x 8 ohm jacks, 2 x 4 ohm jacks) so you can add more speakers to your amp and increase some power. One special think this amp has is that it has a solid state rectifier, custom designed to be easy to mod and make your amp your very own. But for the price, I'm not complaining about not having an extra channle, but it couldve really have done with some reverb.