Price paid: € 249
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 9
I use this amp with my Hagstrom Swede, a Les Paul copy. The clean channel is ok but not amazing, but the distortion is really, really good. The TransTube technology seems to work well because I have never heard a better distortion on a solid state amp. I use the modern mode and it has a very warm, rich and full sound and every note rings clear even with the highest gain. By the way, there is enough gain to play just about anything, and if you wonder whether it's loud enough for a gig... It definitely is! I use it at 25W at home and it's louder than my old Roland Cube 60 (I can't turn the post gain past 2). My only complain would be the noise: there are some buzzes and feedbacks, at least compared to the Cube which was a very silent amp.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp is almost perfect for me: amazing sound, great for pratice and loud enough for gigs. Compared to my old Roland Cube 60 it may be a little less versatile (no built-in effects but reverb), but it sounds more natural and less digital. I would buy it again if stolen or lost because you can't beat its features and sound for the price. I still can't believe it's just 249.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The Bandit is a well buildt amp and I would definitely gig with it without a backup. It may be a little more fragile than the tipical "tank" combo amp because it has an open back, but I don't think it's a big problem. It has never let me down and I totally rely on it.
Features — 9
The Peavey Bandit 112 is a solid state combo amp with the following features: - 100W switchable to 50 or 25 through a swtich on the back - High and low gain inputs - Clean channel with vintage, classic and warm mode - Distorted channel with classic, modern and high gain mode - TransTube technology to emulate the classic tube amp sound - Separate EQ for each channel - Integrated reverb - Optional footswitch to change channel and activate volume boost These are really good features for the price. It's a very versatile amp because each channel has 3 separate modes that sound diffenrent but still natural. I play mostly rock and metal, but the Bandit is totally suitable for blues, jazz and other genres.