Price paid: $ 150
Purchased from: Pawn Shop
Sound — 7
I play with a Dean Dime-O-Flame, but I also play around with my Dimeblade and my ML X. The clean, once it's the knobs are all set, sounds phenomenal, and with this certain chorus effect, my friend claims it sounds like Metallica's Live stuff. Like I said before, 2 distortion channels. The 1st distortion, once you tweak around with it for a while, sounds good for AC/DC and some Ted Nugent styles. The 2nd distortion is an all out metal channel. Pantera, Metallica, you name, it can blow your mind. The only problem I have is that the amp, when on a clean channel and the effects are on, it sounds like a plane is coming in from a distance or somebody mowing their lawn down the street. Kind of annoying, but a turning down of the DSP level knob will change it.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing for about 2 years now. This is my 2nd amp and I've never come to like my friends' amps (they have a Fender and a Vox). The Dime-O-Flame and this distortion make a good match as well as the clean & chorus. My ML X is just beautiful on the clean and the Dimeblade will punch your teeth out. If somewhere were to steal this thing, they couldn't have gotten very far. I'd probably cry, it's that important to me. The only better amp that I'd purchase (unless convinced otherwise) is an Egnater Tourmaster.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Man this thing is made by Crate and it pretty much is a friggin Crate. I've actually dropped this out of my car trunk on accident a bunch of times. The worst thing that's happened yet is that it lost a little rubber leg. It's 50lbs! It bangs and dings on the walls as I carry it up and down stairs. I would totally use this thing live.
Features — 10
Like new amp, bought at a pawn shop for $150.00. Came with a footswitch and a cable. The only thing visually wrong with it was it had beer on the front mesh of the speaker. Other than that, it was just fine. I read that it was made somewhere between 03-04. I play mostly metal, sometimes play some Pink Floyd, but it fits my needs perfectly. There are 3 channels: 1 clean and 2 distortions. 16 different effects all sound good playing. 120 watts of pure, room shaking, snare-drum-tattering loudness! There seems to be 2 extra plug-ins: a headphone and it seems like another amp can be lead through. 2 speakers in the back, but it's not a tube amp, but Who cares.