Price paid: € 100
Purchased from: owner
Sound — 8
I use this with P90 guitars and a Tech 21 Blonde character pedal, great device; together they're 8.5/10, very nice sound. Onboard reverb sounds fine for me. I play mainly solo rock and r&b, fairly loud, often in open tunings with a slide. The amp and modeler together sound great, rich analog distortion. The onboard distortion is adequate for blues and soul applications. You can run straight into this amp and have a good sound for rock or blues.
Overall Impression — 9
People complain that when you buy a Peavey, the resale value is peanuts. Well, sure, but you can use these amps for a big piece of your life, they sound good, and even new they're not expensive compared to alternatives. I recently had the chance to A/B a roomfull of amps, and the Peavey Bandit came in second to a Fender Blues Deluxe. Right after I picked up a Studio Pro, wanted a Transtube bigger than the Envoy 110, Bandit was too heavy and big for me. You can gig these amps, a lot of my peers (part timers) do. I love mine. It weighs 15 kilograms, neither feather nor brick, it's loud, the tone is crunchy and warm. Oh yeah, and it's cheap. Why sell it? I've been playing since I was 13, don't ask. I've never owned a boutique amp, but I've owned good Fenders, Bandmaster and Bassman. I currently own a Super Champ XD, great device. The studio pro and the Blonde do the job just as well, louder, for a LOT less than the price of a boutique tube amp. If I lost it I'd find another one cheap and buy it. Nice amp.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It's a Peavey. They really are very reliable. What servicing? Keep the contacts clean, change the speaker if you like or need to.
Features — 9
It's a 1-12, 65 watt transtube amp. It does NOT have a tube in it. It never breaks. It's not as loud as a 50 watt tube amp but it covers most situations. It's a pocket Bandit (a great SS amp but heavy). Peavey players will recognise the features; it's a Red Stripe, a particular generation, made in China and quite well, very sturdy. Sturdiness is a very nice feature, hmmm? Good tone controls and options, flick a switch interface. Lots of ins and outs on back, send and return, speaker, etc. Nice. Manual online at Peavey.com, I read it before trying and buying mine. I also AB'd a Transtube Bandit against several midprice tube amps; the Bandit sounded better than everything but a Fender Blues Deluxe.