Price paid: £ 375
Purchased from: Digital Village
Sound — 9
I use a LP copy (300, not brilliant) but it produces some really nice tones throughout. Clean is very crisp and warm, depending on how its dialled in, and the EQ on the clean channel is particularly responsive. The bright Switch adds some top end to both the clean and crunch channel (not lead), and makes for some nice jangly tones. Crunch channel (to be hypercritical) can be a little muddy at times and when you try to add mids for a nice Vintage tone it muffles up a little, but otherwise is a good sound. Lead channel is amazing. Brilliant crisp lead tones, perfect for any hard rock through the hardest of metal. Presence and mids can be exchanged depending on your need (good metal tones with low mids, nice Vintage DS with lots). No excess buzz at all, plenty loud enough for gigs, I play pubs and clubs and I never have it past 4 at most.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly Rock through thrash metal, and with a quick twist of dials, it changes its mask and suits perfectly every time. Very versatile for the price, you'd be hard pushed to find a better tube amp for the price. I compared it to the 33 (which has the fx loop level controls useful for solos) but it has a far richer tone (the 33 is probably a little better without mids and going for a Mesa Boogie sound, as opposed to the richness of the 262). I urge anyone wishing to buy a bargain tube amp (for this IS a BARGAIN! ) to try one out and hear for themselves.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had it for 4 months and (despite initial teething problems and breakdowns) they seem to have got it right as i haven't had any initial problems whatsoever. I practice at home in a large room with it for about an hour a day, and have had the biasing and tube condition checked recently as a check-up to make sure there were no hiccups. In fine condition according to the tech. I gig with it now and again without backup, and hasn't failed, cut out, blown up, melted, crashed, froze or anything.
Features — 8
2 channel (clean/crunch and Lead) with individual 3 band EQ, reverb, presence, gain and volume. Bright Switch on the clean channel is very good. FX loop accessible from foot Switch (along with the reverb and the 2 channels), but disappointed there is no fx loop level controls like the 33, but apart from that, simple, accessible layout.