Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I use this amp with either an Epiphone Les Paul Custom, or an Ibanez RG350DX, and let me tell you, the tone in phenomenal, and I play mostly hard rock, and metal. You have gain to spare, regardless of what kind of music you play. I have never experienced any hiss, or noise (I use Planet Waves instrument cables, and Monster Performer 500 Speaker cables). The amp can do anything, but don't buy it for blues, and jazz, because it's a hard rock/metal amp. Just think, this is Eddie Van Halen signature amp, so it'll sound like Van Halen. The clean channel is a little bit flat, but it doesn't distort, but don't trust me about that, because I have never turned it above 3. It does distort nicely when the "crunch" button is pushed on. And lastly, the distortion breathes brutality. That sums it up, I think.
Overall Impression — 10
As I said before, I play hard rock/metal, and this is what the amp is made for. I have been playing for 2 years, and I am only 14 years old. This is honestly my first tube amp, and I couldn't be happier! I also own a really crappy Marshall MG15CD, and this was a tremendous step up! If this got stolen or lost, then I would probably buy the 6505, because it is easier to find, and it is the same circuitry. But it would be a little more exspensive. I love the crushing tone, I don't hate anything, and my favorite feature is the gain, and how cool this amp looks! I compared this to a Peavey XXX head, a Peavey Valveking 212 combo, and a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectofier, and this is the best sounding, most affordable amp! That is if you can find it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Of course I would depend on this amp entirely. But I would change the tubes yearly. It's the only amp that I would ever use on a gig. It's never broken down, but like I said, I am not a frequenly gigging musician, just a "jammer". The only thing that might be a pain, but is still awesome, is that to change tubes, you have to change 9 of them! Then again, The amount of tubes are probably worth it. By the way there is a really cool cover for the 12AX7's in the back of the amp. Try to find a picture of the back.
Features — 10
This awesome amp was made between 1991 and 2004. It was unfortunately discontinued when Eddie Van Halen left Peavey. This is is definately versatile for the music that I play, which is classic rock, hard rock, and metal (like Pantera). It has two channels: rhythm and lead. On rhythm, you can get very nice chimey cleans. A little bit boring, but a chorus pedal can fix all of that! And I of course use the lead channel the most. You have got to have a clue what this is searing gain! I use the the gain at about 6, and the volume on 1, when I'm in my house, jamming. It also has a bright, and crunch button for the clean channel (pretty self explanetory), and it has 2 effects loops. I am currently not in a definite band, but just jamming, and trying people out. When I saw this amp used in Guitar Center for $600, I knew I had to have it. My friend has the 6505, which is the same thing, and when we are jamming, he has the volume at 2. That's with hum hitting really hard on the crash cymbals and double bass. So yes, you will have power to spare! By the way, this almost has too many tubes (4 EL34's, and 5 12AX7's).