Price paid: $ 600
Purchased from: Music Depot Jacksonville, Fl
Sound — 10
I am playing this through a PRS SE Singlecut, an Ibanez SZ, and Jackson custom. All three sound excellent and have differen't tonal qualities that bring out great sounds in this amp. One thing that really makes this amp Shine(or any amp for that matter)is putting a BBE Sonic Stomp in the effects loop. If you think the amp sounds good before, it is amazing with the BBE, thundering lows, and just more of everything. It's like taking a blanket off your amp. I highly recommend this as you will be amazed! Also, you will need a noise reduction pedal (I run the MXR smart gate) but whatever you choose, as you will get the usual hum/buzz from the high gain channel (typical tube amp problem). The distortion is great (not Peavey XXX overkill) but just right for most rock and metal (and the BBE really helps with that). The clean channel sparkles with crystal chimes, or can get that country spank if desired. Put a chorus pedal in the effects loop and it just shimmers.
Overall Impression — 10
I have been playing for over 30 years and this is the second tube amp I have owned (the other being a Marshall JCM 800) and this amp is far more versatile than the Marshall. I think that this amp works very well for what I play and I would definitely replace it if it got stolen or something else happened to it. As I said earlier, the master volume feature, and having the a/b texture control on the front and effect's loop on the back would be nice, but for what you get for the money it's hard to beat!
Reliability & Durability — 10
So far I have had no problems and it seems to be built to last. I have not gigged out yet, but I would probably get some sort of back up for both myself and our other guitarist as you never know what can happen and it's always better to be prepared. Seems to be very reliable and durable.
Features — 10
I bought this amp several months ago and have been extremely pleased with everything about it. It was a stroke of luck, as I had intended on purchasing a differen't amp, but that fell through and ended up playing through this one. I was impressed right away with the tones that came soaring out. This amp is LOUD for a combo and works well in my band practice's (we have not gigged out yet) and holds it's own next to my other guitarist's Peavey JSX. Granted it only has two channels, but with the gain boost it's almost like three. A master volume would be the only other feature that would be useful, and I would have liked the texture control on the front and the effects loop on the back, but these are very minor complaints to an overall excellent tube amp for the money. I play mostly metal/hard rock to whatever else sparks my interest. It seems to cover all the bases nicely.