Purchased from: Yancey's
Sound — 8
I have a Les Paul, Schecter 7-string, Squier Strat, and Epi Strat (with a humbucker instead of the SSS setup). Each guitar has a very different sound but they all come out amazing. I play anywhere from classic rock to metal and all kinds of other stuff and I can get it to work for anything. The amp has great bass response (even in drop A). the clean sounds really good but does start to distort as the volume goes up but I like that dirty clean sound for the mellow parts. there's always a little hum but you can hear it when playing. The bright switch works but I don't usually use it. The reverb it has is great, even better than some pedals I have used. The distortion is sweet and smooth, it's nothing crazy like the XXX or JSX ultra channel, but it is great and can be set to play any style of music. the gain boost button is really useful too. After playing it for a while I noticed that I wouldn't mind if it had a bit more tonal versatility since it's a bit tricky to get the ammount of highs out of it that I like to use (however this is only a problem on the lead channel.
Overall Impression — 10
This is definately a great amp, especially for the low price tag. It sounds great for all the music I play especially metal and hardcore, but also classic rock and blues, you just have to play with the settings. Hopefully I can get a little more distortion out of it when I retube it in a few months. I am very happy with this amp but if it broke or was stolen I would probably buy a more expensive amp like a Krank or mesa (unless the warranty would replace it). there's nothing I hate about the amp but I don't really like the lack of a master volume knob. I love how this amp has a very unique sound (especially how it doesnt't sound like a Marshall or Fender). This would be a great first tube amp because of the price but it would also be great for an experienced player because of it's great sound.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't had it for very long but it always turns on and warms up quickly. The tubes haven't gone out yet (not like I'd expect them to this soon). It feels sturdy and weighs a ton so it feels solid. I've had a few peaveys that have always been good quality outlasting other amps. I don't really gig but I'm sure that tis amp will work perfectly for years.
Features — 8
I bought this amp Brand New from a local, family owned, music shop so the price was great. I must have tried 30 or 40 different amps in my search for a new tube amp. This one had an amazing sound and amazing price. It's not a super high gain amp but the distortion it has is really smooth and sounds great for all the different kinds of music I play. It has 2 channels, clean and lead, and mine came with the Peavey footswitch which is pretty cheap feeling but serves it's purpose without any annoying pop. the effects loop sounds better than running the effects before the amp. This amp is REALLY loud, I love it. 100 tube watts with 2 12s is awesome. The neighbors come out to see what's going on at 3 and get angry at 5. I play in my house and the next house is about 150-200 feet away. There are some things I would have liked to see on this amp: a master volume knob since it only has a volume knob for each channel, a headphone jack, and a metal grille because I would hate to see the screen rip.