Price paid: $ 456
Purchased from: dale cleaves
Sound — 8
I have 2 b.c riches ones platinum virgin from the '80s with an EMG81 the other is stock 2005 NJ speedloader warlock. I mostly play metal, Metallica and Megadeth style etc. It suits metal well. The peaveys where really popular at the time. It has a quiet hum to it, nothing to bad. The clean channel remains clean at high volumes. I never felt that is lacking in an ability to produce a sound. None of the other reviews have mentioned this and a lot have said the it does not have enough game. The gain knob is also a push pull design, pulling the knob outwards puts the amp into "super saturation mode" where the distortion is plentifull, Peavey had better distortion than other brands I had tried. I will add I've had 3 different speakers in this. The main difference between this and the Bandit model was the bandit had the better speaker (scorpian IIRC) With the EMG I was getting pretty close to metallicas sound from the puppets era, was very happy with it. I used to jam and gig with the volume on around 5-6. It's 65watts RMS so it is quite able to put out as much as 100-200 watt amp that isnt RMS. I currently just use the clean channel with DigiTech RP100 in front and am still quite happy with the sounds, though my current speak is not ideal.
Overall Impression — 8
I've been about 19 years (not solid had a few years where I didn't play due to broken gear or lifes hassles). My fave feature would be the super saturation, as it basically gives you a whole nother dial of distortion. Given the choice again I would have paid the little extra and got the Peavey bandit for the better speaker.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I've owned this amp for 17-18 years. I've dragged all over the country with me as I've moved, I've gigged with it, As a kid I'd sit it on my skateboard and ride it to practice! I blew up the original speaker playing some Slayer on 10 within the first year wich was dissapointing, I can't remember what speaker I put in it, but it sounded better with the second speaker, I ended putting a subwoofer from a car in it as I damaged the second speaker while doing something. It still sounds pretty good and solid, just need to turn the bass down. I also had the distortian channel cease to work for a few years, but now it's working again (that happened after about 15 years). I'm giving it a 7, because the stock speaker was crap.
Features — 9
My express was purchased around 1990 when the model was first introduced, while a few people have commented on it's lack of effects back then amps didn't have effects so atleast for the time when I purchased it, it wasn't lacking. It has 2 channels, your basic clean and distortion, Clean channel has a bright Switch makes a fair amount of difference. Clean channel also has 3 knobs, low, mid, and high, The distortion channel also has those 3 knobs of it's own and a gain knob. Both channels have independant volume knobs. There's also a spring reverb wich is shared by both channels. It also comes with a footswitch and has an effects send and return. It's a solid state amp. I used this amp for practice and jamming and even at couple of small gigs (around 200 people). Considering the year I purchased it, I will give it a 9 for features.