Price paid: $ 700
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 10
I use my Gibson Les Paul with Zakk Wyle 81/85 from EMG. I play a wide range of stuff from Green Day to Skynyrd. Its quite a versitle amp. Most people have a love hate relationship with Peavey amps - this amp is balanced. The Ultra channel has the ability to produce screeching bone crunching tones, while the Crunch channel produces a modest crunch distortion which is more suited for modern rock, classic rock. The Clean channel is by far one of the best I've ever heard - I've played thru alot of amps, this one by far has the best clean channel I've ever heard, and if the normal clean tone isnt enough hit the bright switch and really hear it, doesn't distort or break up at higher volumes.
Overall Impression — 10
This amp is a steal. I think the better than the highly praised Peavey 5150, 5150II, and new XXX series; and id certainly put this amp up to a Mesa, Crate, Fender, Line 6, what ever - not to mention cheaper. The only complaint I have about the amp is the coil pack is noisy when tansporting. This amp is great for any genre of music, and is quite versatile. Peavey no longer makes these amps, but you can readily find them on eBay or your local music pawn shop most likley for a decent price. I'd check one out before you feel your sold on any other amp out there.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp has never died on me. Mine came with ruby tubes, I've never used ruby tubes but they seem to do ok. I've taken it apart to check out the wiring and its very clean. The shell of them amp could be a little stronger in my opinion but I'm rough on my equipment, so for most of you it would be great.
Features — 10
- Series: Peavey Ultra Series - Circuitry: 4 12AX7's and 4 6L6GC's - Power: 120W @ 4, 8 or 16 ohms.(Selectable) - Channels: 3 - Ultra, Crunch, Clean - Dimensions: 26"L X 10"H X 10 3/4"W - Weight: 57 lbs - Features: Footswitchable reverb, Effects loop, Resonance selections (Loose, Medium, Tight), Output Switch (Half / Full Power operation) Clean channel: volume, brightness switch, low, mid and high tone controls - uses passive EQ. - Crunch and Ultra channels: pre and post gain controls; gain boost switch; bottom, body, edge EQ controls, clean channel features , Crunch and Ultra channels feature active EQ for increased tonal response.