Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Off another musician.
Sound — 9
At first I though there may of been some problems with it since I got it used, but they cleared up after a few times jamming. This thing would pick up microphonics, but after cleaning and reseating the tubes and contact that problem cleared up. This thing has a ton of gain. I don't think you'd get an amp like this for the cleans, but cleans can be achieved with some major tweaking and adding some effects, an eq through the effect loop would help and definitely a Noise Gate or a Decimator to get rid of back ground noise. For metal this thing rock. Once you go tube you never want to go back to solid state. This is the first amp I could gig with and feel I'm not going to be laughed at :).
Overall Impression — 10
For the music I do this thing is awesome and I'd recommend it to any hard rock to hard core metal guitarist. I've been playing for 28 years and this is the best amp I've ever owned. Like I said when you go from solid state amp to this you don't want to go back. I would of like to have gotten to channel selector with this thing, but for what I paid for this amp I believe I can afford one :). If lost, not likely, it's pretty big lol. I would replace it with a comparable amp like a 6505 or 6534, if stolen I'd just go to the near by ER room and ask if there is anyone in there for a slipped disk lol lol, it would be hard to steal that thing quickly without injuring yourself lol.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is built like a tank. It heavy, solid and sturdy. I don't think I would need a backup amp with this at any small to mid sized gig. For a 60 watt 2x12 it is loud and has more than enough power for the gig I'd be doing for a while. I definitely would make sure a had some spare preamp and power tubes and a surge protector in case of an emergency. I feel you should protect your investment always. As I said definitely getting some wheeled casters for this thing, it is very heavy and the last thing any gigging musician wants to do is injure their back.
Features — 10
This a 2x12 60 watt combo amp. It has 5 AX7 preamp tube and 2 6l6 power tubes. It's equipped with 2 Sheffield speakers. Has an effects loop, a external speaker connection, 2 channels which are rhythm and lead. The rhythm has a bright and crunch button to add to the sound. Both channel share the same 3 band eq and also have a presents, resonance and reverb. This amp is heavy, it weighs 84.5 pounds. I'd advise getting some caster to wheel the thing around if gigging. I got super lucky because a band friend of mine got this amp during a trade and since he does country and southern rock and I do more metal and hard rock he offer it my way.