Price paid: $ 410
Purchased from: Olympus Music - Imsida
Sound — 9
Man I never play this amp up higher than 3 or 4! The bass produced from it is so powerful that you can fell it if you stand in front of it. I play rythmn guitar and I like nu-metal, hardcore, death metal and such. This amp, combined with a little decent pedal distortion, is the cherry on the cake. I use an ESP Ax-250 with passive EMG's through a Boss MD-2 Mega Disrtion. The sound you get is tops. The good part is that the amp is so powerful that it doesn't break up even at 8-9. This amp can be used from clean to blues to rock to death metal. The amp's clean is crystal clear but the dirty channel is a bit noise, especially at higher levels. The distortion is good but a bit dry, I prefer a bit of pedal distortion for a wetter sound. Also half the effects provided are shit, the only good things are the octave, delay & reverb. The flanger, chorus, rotation simulator are all bs.
Overall Impression — 10
This is perfect to my style of music and gives the in-your-face tone I like when I'm playing. In fact this gives an in-your-effin-face tone which is even better. This is my main amp, my other is an Orange 30r which I use for practice only, so I don't need to lug around this one as it weighs quite a few pounds. If it were stolen I'd be impressed to the guy that would be running away with a 22kg amp on their back, but seriously, I'd probably go for the head version of this amp and buy a nice matching cab for it. I compared it to the Fender 212R but this simply won in terms of sound and price. I only wish it had better effects. Other than that I'm one happy camper.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I could knock you out with a single strike with this thing and the only thing I'd complain about is the blood stain on my amp. It has a hard resin outer shell and a kickproof metal grille in front. No way your geting to this amp mister, no way. As to gigging, if I'd do it I'd probably do it without a backup because this guy ain't failing quickly. The reliability of solid-state amps is just the best here.
Features — 10
I bought this big solid state monster for more power and man it really does give it. It has 2 channels, one clean and one dirty. These can be switched via a footswitch (not supplied). This also has digital effects which can be used on both channels and an effects loop. It can also be connected to a 4x12 cabinet with an ear-splitting 6 speaker result. I use this amp mainly for home and if I were gigging, I'd use it for small gigs, no need for cabinets and shit. If I had another of these I'd use one at our band's garage too. Btw this also has CD In with phonos. and line out.