Price paid: € 730
Sound — 8
I play a Dean Soltero MHG (if anyone wants a review of that let me know) but I had it fitted with the EMG 81/85 combination and it sounds good the cleans are crystal clear (and don't say emg's suck for clean playing because they don't it's all a matter of tweaking your sound and the kind of guitar you use for example ir you have a 300 dollar 3 pound guitar...it ain't gonna sound to good)and the metal and insane models sound good aswell (and no I'm not gonna say it's the best sounding amp in the world because that is a matter of taste), you can have that early metallica or modern day metal sound if you so desire. The amp is very responsive so if you're one of those "cheap amp shitload of distortion look how good I am" players you ain't gonna sound to good on this amp (it got me pushing a lot harder to hear what I wanted to hear). as far as noise goes it's pretty quiet due to the built in noise gate that I forgot to mention earlier, if there's bad power you're going to hear some noise if there's good power it's quiet. The wah is decent but getting a Dunlop or a Morley is probably better. Overall it is a good sounding amp but I'll have to change the power tubes because I had the amp for a little over a year and a half now and have played it almost everyday. Last but not least LEAD sound is not exactly good no mater how the EQ is set it lacks a Tube Screamer over the insane channel (blue) then would be awseome.
Overall Impression — 8
I use the Dean straight into the amp + the FBV Shortboard because without it the amp is pretty much useless because I can't picture someone using this amp to practice in his/her living room... anyway i run the head through a line6 4x12 cab loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s speakers which is just as good as any other speaker cabinet. p.s. Sorry for the bad language but that's just how it is.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Well there hasn't been anyithing wrong with it so far except for the tubes because the sound got a little muddy (soon to be fixed). I think it's adurable amp the leather job didn't fall apart and the knobs are very sturdy although I think it wouldn't survive a nice drop unharmed as any tube amp wouldn't.
Features — 7
Ok, so let's start by saying what many people have said before me "it is a very versatile amplifier" you can pretty much play any style of music you want on it. It contains 12 amp models (2 clean, 2 tweed, 2 blues, 2 crunch, 2 metal, 2 insane..you get the idea)it has 4 channels (that are switchable with the FBV Shortboard which you have to purchase if you want to gig with this amp) and 7 effects (flange, phaser, tremolo, 3 different delays and reverb) + wah-wah (you need the foot controller). So the effects are good to some degree but the thing that annoys me is that the modulation effects are on one knob, the delays on one knob and a seperate knob for reverb so you can't really use let's say tremolo and phase at the same time and the delays aren't tweakable as much as one would like. I play like alternative metal/rock whatever so I use most of the amp models (except for the crunch cause it sux balls). I've gigged with this amp a lot of times and I use it for band practice. what's next let's see here...oh yeah power...it's a 100 watt all tube head designed by Bogner uuuu flashy and it's loud infact it's so loud that I don't or should I say can't crank it past 11 o'clock because my band members don't want to lose their hearing and neither do I. But I have cranked it to 3 o'clock and it brought the house down :D... Oh yeah one last thing about the features be careful with channel volume because let's say metal (blue LED) at 12 o'clock CHANNEL volume is NOT the same volume as I dunno clean (amber LED) at 12 o'clock channel volume and that is a major pain in the ass when you think you got your channels the same volume and then a gig comes up and while your playing the monitors make you realize that your channels are not the same volume (do yourself a favour when you buy this amp...buy a Db meter too) and it has 300 presets.