Purchased from: Pawn Shop
Features — 7
I just got this American made Peavey Bandit 112 trans-tube model with the Sheffield 1230 8 ohm speaker. 80 watts unless an 8 ohm cab is connected and then it's 100 watts. :-) Lots of versatility with clean and distorted channels and different modes for each. I like the effects loop as I have an older Peavey footswitch which allows me to switch out the effects loop and change channels. Sound is good using T-dynamics and 3 band EQ on each channel. For the price I can't complain. $75.00 at the local pawn shop and since it's a Peavey I know it's dependable.
Sound — 7
The sound of the distortion is quite good. The clean is not the pristine shimmer of a Fender twin but that's why you spend a lot of money for a twin. I like the modern mode in distorted channel. The clean is usable with lots of headroom. The entire amp is loud and clean sounding. I'm using it with a Mako Japanese Stratocaster copy, a USA made Tele and a USA Gibson Les Paul Studio with Stock humbuckers. I run my Boss ME-25 processor through the effects loop but I like the amp just by itself. I am especially pleased with the Sheffield 1230 speaker. I picked up a 4x12 cab with 4, 16 ohm Sheffields and I loved their sound for classic rock. I use two of them in a home-made tweed cab for my 50 watt classic head (also a Peavey).
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Peavey. It will be rocking out long after you and I are dead. I picked it up and it was dirty but a little cleaner and elbow grease fixed it up. It looks like it's missing a back panel but that doesn't matter to me. I'll either put a panel in it or just use my closed back 1x12 cab with an Eminence Red Coat Wizard for a bit more punch. Most dependable amps in the world are named Peavey. I have several Peavey amps including an older Classic hybrid 6L6 tube amp, a tweed classic 50 watt head and a 210 watt Musician all solid state monster head for bass, guitar keys etc.
Overall Impression — 9
I play blues, country and rock and it suits me fine. I have been playing guitar for over 40 years since I was a kid. I checked out the reviews on here before I bought it and they were all stellar. I saw it in the pawn shop and offered them $75.00 but I thought they were going to tell me no sale. I was pleasantly surprised when they accepted my offer. I love the power and the fact that it came with the Sheffield 1230 speaker as well as the ext. output jack. Hooking up the Wizard makes a big difference in output. Totally loud and full sound. I would not buy this amp for over $120.00 dollars but for $75.00 it was a deal. I saw a couple of different Bandits on Craigslist and I was actually thinking of buying a trans-tube like this one for $150.00 but I'm glad I waited. Hi rating because of the price.