Price paid: € 590
Purchased from: www.musicworks.it
Sound — 9
I play this amp with an Ibanez SZ520, with Ibanez/Duncan pickups. That's not a Gibson Les Paul but it is really worth it and sound quite good, providing a tone that i would define a mixture between a SG and a LP. Tiny Terror Ch: more bass, great for 70-80 classic rock sound Fat Ch: more aggressive, high mids and trebles Both channels provide good clean tones if you're patient enough to set volume and gain knobs up correctly and maybe choose a right pick up on your guitar. Dual Terror is a high gain amp, so don't expect a "fenderish" clean tone. It has a great distorsion on both channels. I usually use the Fat one with gain knob at 7-9 and the Tiny Terror one for clean sounds, setting gain@4-5 and higher volume than Fat channel. I'm albe to play rock and metal passing through audioslave and dire straits without any problem. The tone knob is the only way to set sounds on DT, but I don't need anymore sincerely. I use a Boss Equalizer pedal to get more bass when i need to play something harder, but DT sounds great by itself. The 3 different power modes not only provide (of course) different volumes that make this amp very versatile in every place you use it, but also make different tones! It is also possible to use only 2 poweramp valves instead of 4, getting the original Tiny Terror sound. I suggest you to choose the correct power mode between 30 15 and 7 considering both the volume you need and the particular tones and sounds you're looking for. It's difficult to me to explain these differences, but you can get them easily by playing a DT for 20-30 minutes.
Overall Impression — 9
Absolutely a must-buy! Less than 600 for a great full-valve amp with a beautiful Orange sound that is doomed to lead the way in next years. I think that DT is great to be played "by its own"... I mean that is not necessary to use 2k different distorsion pedals, it has to be appreciated for its own tones. The only things you're going to need are a chorus and a reverb for clean sounds IMHO (maybe a heavy metal distorsion if you would like to use it that way). Gain level provided and warm DT tone are perfect as they are. Fully approved! Sorry for mistakes in my english ;-)
Reliability & Durability — 9
Never had any problem until now. I use it at home, on stage and 6-8 hours a week at high volume levels during rehearsals. The cabinet looks solid, but I've never had the chance to test it fortunately :P
Features — 8
- Fat Channel (more aggressive) plus original Tiny Terror Channel (very warm british sound) - Volume, Gain and Tone knob only (don't worry, you won't need anymore to get th best from this amp!) - 30W, 15W and 7W modes; 2/4 poweramp valves selector - A very cool bag included to carry your head!