Price paid: $ 790
Purchased from: Carvin Site
Sound — 8
With it I run just my Schecter Extreme FR guitar with stock pickups and coil tap, and just a Boss RC-2 Loop Station pedal. It suits my music styles big time, great versatile amp. The noise I get from it is very minimal and definately don't see the need for myself to buy something like a decimator to cancel the hum. The clean channel does distort when cranked, and the gain channel definately has enough gain for mostly anyones needs.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall it's a great amp, love the lush reverb option it has. I've been playing for around 5 years, basically 1 year seriously, it does all I need it to do. If it were lost or stolen I'd be pretty down but I'd probly buy a lower wattage tube amp such as a Orange Tiny Terror. I do however love it's versatility, as you can use various types of tubes. Highly recommended for someone seeking a versatile tube amp Who is not wanting to go broke.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Have yet to have a problem with it (touch wood), I'm very happy with it's sound, and was very happy with carvins customer support when ordering it. it's reliability is definately excellent, I would definately gig with it. Durability it has been through some tough knocks but there are no marks anywhere on my amp.
Features — 8
The MTS is definately versatile enough for my main music interests. I'm into a lot of shred stuff (paul gilbert), as well as metal such as Megadeth, as well as rock stuff like the chilli peppers. My biggest comparison is it reminds me of a 5150 except with superior cleans. The gain doesnt't sound as dark as the 5150, but for modern stuff such as Trivium it nails those tones perfectly, it definately is a high gain beast. I do wish it had a built in attenuator but it is a relatively inexpensive tube amp, so no big deal there.