Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Sam Ash
Features — 8
My Hughes and Kettner Attax Tour Reverb is an American made German head, that was produced mid-2000's (couldn't nail the serial code on an exact date). It's a 100 watt digital head, which is unique compared to all the tube amps that Hughes and Kettner produces. It's all black, with felt above the knobs. Where the knobs rest consists of a shiny mirror like material, that's reflective enough to see yourself. You have three different channels - Clean, Crunch, and Overdrive. The clean channel consists of a VOLUME, BASS, MID, and TREBLE knob. When you push the button next to the clean channel, it switches into crunch. The crunch channel only consists of GAIN and MASTER knobs. Lastly, when you hit the button next to the crunch channel, you activate overdrive. Overdrive has GAIN, VOICING, MASTER, BASS, MID, and TREBLE knobs, which really allows you to fine tune into the tone you want.
Sound — 7
This amp is primarily for metal, but is extremely versatile in it's ability (which surprised me initially). It has a pleasant clean, that can be tuned to your desired tone easily, and doesn't buzz at all with any pedals plugged into it. The crunch channel however, is a complete disappointment. They tried to a achieve some kind of hard rock-y sound with this channel, but it didn't work out too well. Finally, the overdrive channel. If you're good with EQ and amp setting, you'll have no problem finding the PERFECT tone, fine tuning the knobs. Perfect for anything metal, punk, hard rock, and ESPECIALLY grunge.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've dropped and thrown this thing around countless times for about a year, and there are no noticeable chips, dents, or cracks. There is a slight pinging noise on the inside of the amp whenever i swing it around, but it in no way affects the tone of the amp. I've never had to tighten or replace anything in the year I've gigged/lugged this head around. I've stood on it on many occasions, spilled water on it, someone may have even thrown up on it once. It won't quit on you, and I can say that's a lot more durable than a Marshall, having had my fair share of those too.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this amp is extremely reliable and high-quality, especially for the ridiculously cheap price it's sold at. If it were stolen or lost, I would definitely replace it with the same model. It plays well live, it fits into place with the rest of the band, and all my friends love it. I dare you all to try it, I think it will blow you away, considering it's sold at such a low price. It's especially worth your dollar if you need a cheaper amp to replace something that was stolen or lost. If you're a bedroom rocker, don't be scared to match this up with an old cabinet you have laying around.