Price paid: $ 650
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I have to say that this is one loud amp. Typically for practice I keep the volume knob on the lead channel at about 3/4 and the clean to about 2 (the volume knobs on this amp goes from 0-10). The tubes in it are able to make any guitar sound good regardless of the pickups. Lately I've been playing this on my cheapie strat-styled guitar, you know one of those you can buy at wall mart for like $100 bucks, and some of the tones I've gotten are amazing. Although it is versatile I do wish that the cleans were a bit brighter and the distortion was a bit more distorted. It is possible to get some really good brights and some absolutely brutal distortions with this amp, it just takes a lot of messing around with the knobs on your guitar and amp to do so.
Overall Impression — 10
I think this is a great amp for everyone looking to upgrade from their solid-state practice amps. For just $650 you get an amp that's more then loud/durable enough to play at small gigs and jam sessions. It's versatile enough to play most anything and it sounds awesome enough to make even your cheapie strat-styled or Epiphone sound like an American Strat or LP custom.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I'd say this amp was built like a rock. I've only had it for a month but I can scarcely believe that anyone can break this beast accidentally. I can imagine this amp coming unscathed after being dropped down a staircase (even plowing through a wall or two). I don't recommend testing your Peavey amp in this way though (the amp can stand a beating like this but I can't guarantee the glass tubes on the inside can).
Features — 8
This is about the most versatile tube amp, tone wise, I've played. I play a little mix of everything From the acoustic numbers of Pink Floyd and Yes to the more distortion oriented metal bands like Finntroll and Maiden. The amp comes with two foot-switchable channels, a clean and a lead channel. Both fulfill their purpose rather well. The foot Switch though doesn't come boxed in and has to be ordered from their site.