Sound — 9
This amp can do light crunch sounds to plenty of gain saturated sounds and if you experiment with the rhythm gain (I use this channel for clean sounds) you can get a nice clean sound out of it. I have my Rhythm gain set on 3 or 4 and it doesn't break up much at high volumes. So if you want some more break up just turn up the gain a bit. The lead gain is great. It's one of those controls that is usefull all around. When I play heavy stuff I have the gain at 4 or 5 and that's plenty for me. You guys setting this thing at 10 must have a horrible sound. I don't think anyone should even need to go past 7 or 8, that's when the mud could come into play. If you want an amp with an incredible amount of crunch and gain this is for you. The amp bites so it's not so useful for really scooped overdrive but I never liked that type of distortion anyways. Most the time I play through a Gibson Les Paul Studio with the stock custom shop pickups and I love the sound. I also play my Dean HardTail with EMG 81 and 85's through it. Obviously if you stand next to the amp it's gonna hiss but as long as you don't have the gain at 10(which you should never need) it's not to much noise. Plugging strait into the amp with no effects when I first got it there wasn't a lot of noise at all but my live set up I have 4 effects and my DigiTech DigiDelay gives the amp all the noise.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing guitar for about 10 years now and I would certainly buy another head if it were stolen or lost. My buddy has a Marshall DSL50 which I like but I still like my Peavey. I chose this amp because they go cheap on Ebay and I wanted a tube head.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It seems built really good but I have a head cases on its way right now regardless of how it's built because I don't want to take any precautions with the tubes getting broke or cracked. Since it's a tube amp I gig with Randall solid state for backup but so far it has never messed up on me.
Features — 9
Musically I'm into everything but I usually play Metal to Jazz on this head. As far as its features, it's got 2 channels (rhythm, lead) with the pre-gain controls used as the gain and the Post controls used as the volumes for each channel. This head is used for practice and band situations and has plenty of power and the only complaint I have with it is the sharing of the EQ for both channels. Although the settings I have for both channels isn't bad it would just be nice to have another set of EQs for my clean sounds.