Purchased from: Sam Ash Music
Sound — 10
I'm using mainly, a Jackson DKMG with an EMG 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck. These pickups can make alot of gain without alot or work from the amp, so I usually only end up using about half the available gain. I like not having to crank my gain because with a tube-amp like this one the more "post-amp" you can use the ballzier your tone will sound. With my Fender strat, however it requires a little more juice to get it sounding crunchy but thats still no problem for the 5150; just crank up the "lead-pre" and your set. The 5150 can produce pretty much any tone imaginable, it has more than enough power if you want it and a great clean sound and light gain.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly metal, and this amp suits my style very well, but if I'm every in the mood to bust out a little Blink-182 from my punk-rock days, the 5150 is at the ready and can provide a great Tom Delonge-style sound. I would even go as far as to say that if I was in a mellow enough mood the 5150 would provide a great sound to jam out to a few Enya tunes. So this amp basically has you covered in all facets of your musical tastes. From Anthrax to Yanni the 5150 has you covered. I've had a few other amps and this is by far my favorite. After experimenting with both a Marshall Valvestate and a Fender tube-amp, I think I can safely say that the 5150 is your best bet if you want a versitile amp that can pack a pucnh and deliver great tones. If this amp had a toaster and a mini-fridge I don't think I would ever find it necessary to leave my basement.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This seems to be a very reliable amp, as its second owner I see no real damage that would affect the tone and the tubes are in fine condition. When I got the amp, it had some minor cosmetic damage, but a little crazy-glue and black paint and it was fine.
Features — 8
The 2003 Peavey 5150 combo, is an amazing value, especially for what I paid for it. It is powered by 2 6L6 power tubes and 4 pre-amp tubes (I don't know what brand these were originally they were replaced by the amp's previous owner). It's 2 Sheffield 12" speakers make it more than loud enough to play over drums, but it does have an "out" line so it can be plugged into an external speaker if necessary. This is an amazing amp for almost any style of music you can think of. It has 2 channels (clean and gain) with both a "bright" and a "crunch" switch on the clean channel. The "bright" gives you clean sound a very shimmery and trebly Fender-style sound. The "crunch" button gives you a light distortion that you operate with the "clean-pre" and "clean-pre" knobs. Cranking the post will give you more gain and you can dilute this gain with the "clean post". There is also a "resonance" knob, which, if on 0 will give you a pretty normal sound, but if you crank this knob it will give your tone a very focused quality. This is a very good feature for controlling distortion and noise.