Price paid: C$ 1200
Sound — 8
I mainly play metal (BFMV, Trivium, some Metallica), my main guitars are a Gibson Flying V with EMG 81/60 and a Godin Redline 1 with EMG 81. Very agressive distortion, has a natural sizzle that makes it sound great. Its kind of a throaty distortion but also tight and articulate which is excellent for me. Its also a bit more versatile than the 6505+. This amp sounds amazing to me but I have a few gripes with it: it has a built in noise reduction circuit but still very noisy on the lead channel. The clean channel is very bright (could be because of my speaker cabinet though) and the lead channel is like maybe 85% of the way there to my ideal tone (again the speaker cabinet is holding me back a bit I think). Its very loud too, never had to turn it up to 3 yet... But cleans are alot better than any other 6505. It supposedly has an excellet crunch too, but I have not played with that setting too much yet.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp so far I think has proven to be the ideal amp for the tone I'm after at a reasonable price, sure there might be an amp out there that's a bit better but it probably costs 2500$+ too. Its a well priced american made amp that sounds brutal when needed but also cleans up very nicely. The only word of advice I'd give with buying this amp is buy a dark, bass heavy cab to pair with it, my current cabinet is very bright wich is not working well, I think a dark bassy sounding cab would be a perfect match. I've been playing guitar for 6 years and love this amp, although if something were to happen to it, I may buy it again, but I also might buy an axe fx instead (I am a freak for versatility even though I don't necessarily need it). I've tried several different amps including mesa dual recs and Roadsters, Marshall JVMs, a couple Riveras, and a few other peaveys but this one stood out to me, it sounds unique, I have yet to hear a similar sound from a different amp yet. The EL34s is the big draw for this amp, if you like them you'll love this if you don't like them, you'll hate this amp. Just kinda the way it is. I would be very interested to see a 6534 single channel or a 212 combo version too. And please Peavey get rid of the 7 pin footswitch jack!
Reliability & Durability — 9
A couple weeks after I bought the amp, 2 preamp tubes and a poweramp tube blew, but it was under warranty so my local shop took care of it for free (tubes were still under warranty) but so far the amp has held up like a tank, not much more to say, its a Peavey.
Features — 8
The amp feature wise is fairly basic. It has 2 channels with independant EQs, and resonance and presence controlls for each channel, and an fx loop. There is also a crunch mode and bright switch over the clean channel however on the crunch is footswitchable. The amps footswitch is 3 buttons, one for channel switching, one for the fx loop, and one for the crunch feature. It has all the features I need and not a ton of fancy switches and all, but I really wish the cable/jack for the footswitch wasn't th odd 7 pin jack, it makes channel switching with external devices (effects units like the TC Electronics Gmajor2 or G system) a pain because you need custom cables.