Price paid: $ 580
Purchased from: Private Seller
Sound — 10
The sound is Oh-So-Brown. Brown Brown Brown. I'm a big Death-Metal fan and I play this amp through a Marshall 1960AV Cab, with a Jackson SL1 Soloist. I can achieve ANY metal sound, from death metal, black metal, power metal, to classic rock. It's the most versatile metal amp ever created, but as I mentioned earlier, don't be fooled by the metal aspects of the amp, it can still pump out a hefty clean to impress anyone. The amp just gradually increases in performance the louder it gets, and don't think for a second that you cannot play this on low volumes and not achieve that amazing tone you're getting while cranking this sucker to light up a Chinese sweat shop. You can dial the volume in at "1" and still have an amazing tone. Don't be fooled. The distortion, wow. Besides ear-splitting-awe, it's really hard just not to say: "This amp has the most brutal fucking distortion ever". You can push out some serious heavy-metal in any tuning, and leave the gain at 5. I guarantee you that leaving a 5150's gain dial on 5 will destroy any Marshall, Crate, Vox, Orange, or Fender amp -- modified to be dialed to 11 (Sorry, had to throw in a quick spinal tap reference).
Overall Impression — 9
My overall impression can easily be summed up into a few magical words. This. Amp. Slays. Hard. Simple, quick, professional, and to the point. The 5150 is an amazing amp that most people can easily argue to say that this is perhaps one of the most legendary metal amps ever. I was torn between getting a Mesa Triple Recto, a Krankenstein, Blue Voodoo, or even a Marshall JCM 2000. In the end I grabbed my Viking helmet, and let the tone do the talking. The Peavey 5150 came out victorious in almost every aspect. R.I.P. Competitors of Metal Amp Heads.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Consider the Peavey 5150 to be like a tank, I could take a brutal war axe and give it a swift side swipe and I would still go to a gig without a backup and have 100% confidence that the sucker would not die out on me or give me anything less than 1000% performance. If you're clumsy and are afraid to hurt this precious gift from the Gods. Don't worry, imagine that God himself wrapped this in the material used from the Holy Grail, this bad-boy gets a 11/10 in terms of sturdiness and reliability.
Features — 9
Ah. The notorious 5150 designed by the man himself: Eddie Van Halen, a rock Legend that has influenced millions of guitarist world-wide to pick up an axe and try to achieve that ever-lasting-near-impossible-sound. Yes, my friends, I'm talking about the 'Brown Sound'. This amp was built for high gain, wicked leads, and chugging rhythm. The amp has 2 main channels: Rhythm, and Lead. The overall tone of this amp was obviously designed for metal, blistering fast, metal. Although some people will argue and say this amp can't push out some crystal clear cleans, as some Marshall heads; they are right in some aspects. You won't be achieving the cleans that you would be getting out of a JCM 2000, but the cleans on the Peavey 5150 are no-where near bad at all. In fact, with the right amount of patience and a clever ear for tone, you might in fact be able to achieve an amazing clean out of the standard clean settings; or just use a chorus pedal. This amp is pure tube power, 120 watts of brutal wattage that can make your neighbors paint slowly ooze down the wall out of sheer brutal sound. This amp is more than enough power for anyone, and if anyone ever needed anymore power than the 5150, then they're probably def.