Price paid: $ 1050
Purchased from: Paragon Music
Sound — 10
I use a variety of guitars and mostly Seymour Duncan pickups, my worst sounding guitar a Jackson RR3 with a SD Dimebucker on the bridge actully sound good with this amp. I play Blues, jazz, grind/death/power/prog metal so this amp is perfect but the clean channel is a little dirty, that is fine with me cause the tone is so rich and roomy that a little dirt does not bother me one bit. The lead channel is a WMD, I set the pre gain to seven and it is dead on for me, I play in two bands one is extreme gring/death metal and the amp is perfect, my other band a prog/power/metal this amp is again perfect.
Overall Impression — 10
I mentioned that I play from jazz to extreme metal, this amp has proven to be a perfect match for what I have thrown at it. I have had the amp 3 weeks and I played every guitar I own through it and all sounded kick a$$. All my amps are Peavey, s I own Classic 30, Transtube Supreme, TNT 115 and now the 6505+ Head, I run the 6505+ through a 5150 4x12 Slant and an Ampeg 4x12 Straight cab. I must be onest I did not try anything else, my experience with Peavey products now goes back 15 years and I have never had a problem. By the way all my Peavey amps are made in USA.
Reliability & Durability — 10
My brother has a 5150, he bought it Brand New in 1996. It was re-tubed once in 12 years, he play in 2 band also and gets out 2 or 3 times a month to play live. He has never had a problems with his, I think 6505+ will have the same reliability of his younger brother. ha ha my brother is younger that I.
Features — 10
I recently updated from a Transtube to the 6505+, if you looking for a dark bone crushing tone this is the amp. 6 12AX7 JJ ECC83s tubes on the pre amp, 4 6L6gc power tubes they were not marked so I will asume they are JJ's. Two channel with set up has Rythm: clean/crunch and Lead with individual presence and resonance controls for each channel. As far as power, there is plenty of loud. I would like a tube or spring reverb built in, does not need it but some stuff I play the effect would be nice.