Price paid: € 289
Purchased from: Thomann.de
Sound — 10
A warm beautiful sound. The distortion affects it to 99% in usal TS-Skill. Anybody who needs 110% distortion of an Engl or a Mesa for Metal have to buy an extra pedal. For me it's the typical blues/classic rock amp which I was searching for. Greetings from Bonamassa, SRV, Skynyrd and CCR! Dynamic is also available! Hard strokes and a humbucker will give some distortion to the clean channel. Soft strokes and a single coil will supply the crispy strat-sound.
Overall Impression — 10
If it is stolen, I would definitely buy another one of these great amps. If there is more free area in my bed, this amp will lay next to me. For my occasional metal trips there have to be an extra distortion pedal, also for reverb. That's absolutely ok for that price/performance ratio! With a 4x12 cab it is loud enough. With the fitting 1x12 from Ibanez I can not share experiences, maybe in the future. Tested with Ibanez SZ520 (Humbucker), Godin Progression (Single-coils) and Hughes & Kettner 100w 4x12 Cab.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I did not transport in on the road for a long time, just playing at home and rehearsal room. For the last 4 months there had been no problems. I am very carefully. I do not throw it or similar. But let me know if you have something like this. Only 9 points because the test time was not so long.
Features — 8
First of all, the Tubescreamer is legendary for it's sound. That's what I can confirm now! Warm clean tube sound absolutely according to my preference. For playing at home it's a very beautiful head due to the creme colour it fits to every living room. For playing in a rehearsal room in combination with a 4x12 cabinet it is sufficient, too. I had doubts, but I can assure TSA15H + 4x12 keeps up with loud drummer. The power of a tube should not be underrated! Well, you can switch between 5 and 15w. Effect loop also available. Everybody who needs reverb is not happy with it, because it has no. Even if in my opinion the solution with one poti of other amps offers no big possibilities of reverb. For me it was no reason to do not buy it. The footswitch needs to be paid extra, too. And the boost can not be changed. That's what is reducing the rating points.