Price paid: £ 99
Purchased from: Local music store
Features — 9
This is Peavey Supreme 160 head, the way I bought it was just the head on its own, although I'm assuming this is what you get when it was brand new too. The head was made in the early '90s and still works perfectly when I've bought it second (or probably more) hand just recently, it's got 2 channels, "Clean" and "Lead" (being distortion).
On the lead channel you have gain and "Supersat" which is a tube amp distortion emulation, there's then Edge, Body and Bottom active tone controls which are great for shaping the sound. On the clean channel there is a passive EQ and a basic gain knob. The amp also has a decent onboard reverb which works really well. Finally, there's an FX loop, power amp in, preamp out and a pari of parallel speaker outputs with selectable impedance from 4 to 16 ohms. All in all lost of features for what is now a cheap amp.
Sound — 10
I play a lot of folk metal, some black metal, and a bit of death metal. The amp is great for all of these really high gain tones and suits its purpose well. At times the amp can get a little noisy, but this can be prevented by just rolling of the gain a tad. I use the amp with a Ibanez S470 and a Harley Benton R457 both of which have relatively high gain pickups, which the amp compliments nicely. I think this amp gives an excellent sound with a good distortion, the only downside is that its not got a really wide range of the sounds it can give out, it tends to do either a classic '90s metal tone, and not much else, although with different outboard effects this can easily change. (At The Gates' "Slaughter of the Soul" album was recorded with this amp and a Boss Metal Zone, or along those lines, showing that the amp can get a really decent sound going).
Reliability & Durability — 8
This thing is built really well and weighs a tonne, you can tell its hard wearing by its weight, the control knobs feel nice and stiff and the jacks feel like they wont wear out and stop working any time soon. The amps weight leads me to believe that its made of good quality materials, and no cheapo plastic. The whole amp is also on really sturdy rubber feet which should mean it never falls off of the cab its rested on either. The only problem with the build is how heavy it is, which can make it a bit of a pain to carry around.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall I'm really impressed with the amp, it suits metal music really well and has lots of features for the price it can be grabbed at these days. With a bit of tweaking with the EQ you can really craft a good sound out of it too, and it really compliments pedals well. The onboard (spring?) reverb is also a really nice addition and means a separate pedal/reverb isn't really necessary (unless impulse reverbs are needed) as the reverb is of good quality. If it was lost/stolen I think I would definitely buy it again some day, if not just for the great price.