Transtube Bandit 112 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (157 votes)
Peavey: Transtube Bandit 112

Purchased from: Sam Ash

Sound — 10
I play almost everything, but I really like to play alternative, metal (think Breaking Benjamin), blues, and oldies rock. This amp covers everything. If I feel like playing Cream, I'll flip the "Vintige/Modern" switch to modern and I turn the gain up. It almost sounds exactly like I'm Eric Clapton (even though I could never be at his level). If I feel like playing Live, I just plug in and play.

Overall Impression — 9
I love playing on this amp. 55 watts of pure guitar bliss. This is perfect for practice or gigs. The knobs are useful, and they include gain, prescense, reverb, etc. If you have a distortion pedal, it makes it sound even better. I would rebuy this amp, would it break or be stolen (though it is heavy, I don't see how it could be). This amp is the best I've ever played on, and until something totally revolutionizes the guitar world, I better it will be for a while.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This amp is almost perfect, except for a loud thud sound. When I tap the amp, it will make a thud as if it just dropped from off the top floor of a large building to the ground. It may be the fact that I sometimes make it rock (I do stand on it, this amp is very, very large and can support my weight). Other than this, the amp is perfect.

Features — 9
I've been playing guitar for about four years now, and I've run through my share of amps. One day, while looking for a new one, my dad pointed the Transtube Bandit 112 out. I was looking at another, but after some serious convincing, we both walked out with this amplefier. I've been playing on it for at least a month now, studying it and working out all the switches and trying (and sometimes not succeding) not to blow my ears off. I own three guitars. One's an old Fernades beginner's guitar, one's a Carlo Robelli electric/acoustic guitar, and one's a Carlo Robelli jazz guitar. Each plays incrediably well on this amp. There are knobs that make them sound even better then when they're unplugged.

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    Darkspear wrote: With this amp, i cant put the volume at 2 and its too Loud. Im sure my amp erase a drums sound
    lmao same here man, i havent gotten mine past 5 before my ears start to ring. kick ass amp
    I absolutely love this amp. Freakin' monster. Oh, and blind melon, this shakes my 2 story house between 10 and 20 percent volume, so I'd say it's plenty loud. Great intermediate amp.
    With this amp, i cant put the volume at 2 and its too Loud. Im sure my amp erase a drums sound
    simon zak
    just bought one off ebay 125 still finding my sound on big and brutal is how i would describe this amp.
    i have this amp and i can play side by side with my other guitar players FULL stack and still be heard. i would take this over any other amp.
    The rehearsal rooms where my band practice have these in most rooms, and yeah, they can be heard over the drums at less than volume 1!! I have to put it as low as I can without the sound cutting out or it's too loud. Amazing value for money, but the feedback when distorted is insane
    Eatin' Chicken
    I have this amp, its my backup for my xxx super 40 combo. Like last week i had a gig and one of my xxx power tubes blew so i used my bandit and it worked like a charm. i must say it has some pretty decent tone. the rest of the gig went well and i only had the bandit on about 4 or 5. good amp for intermediate players or for a backup, good tone for metal too. i highly recommend this, very good amp for the price