Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Alvis Music
Sound — 10
I have two main guitars, one is a Paul Reed Smith Custom 22, the other a 1981 Gibson ES-335 (my personal favorite). As far as the versatility of the styles of music this amp can do it can do whatever you want, some styles just take a little more tweaking than the others do. I've heard a lot of people say if you play blues or southern rock to stay away from this amp.. I think this amp is probably best suited for those styles (and many others, don't get me wrong) but with the texture knob and the ability to tweak your sound almost endlessly you can literally play any style of music with this. The amp is more than powerful enough for probably any application you go to use it in, and if it's not mic it up and still keep that amazing Peavey tube sound. I really haven't had a problem with the volume cutting out at loud volumes, but I haven't had the amp turned up over halfway (I really don't need to). I think the distortion is perfect for blues, southern rock, hard rock, etc. And the clean is amazing as well.. Kinda has a fenderish sound but remains true to Peavey
Overall Impression — 10
As I've stated before I play a mix of blues, hard rock, and southern rock. This is amp suites all my needs perfectly and really goes beyond my expectations. I've been playing for four years now (sounds like a short amount of time I know). My gear includes a Paul Reed Smith Custom 22, Gibson ES-335, DigiTech RPx400, Daddy O distortion pedal, Hod Rod (pedal), tube overdrive (pedal), Marshall MG100HDFX (wasn't pleased with it) and my Peavey valveking. I love everything about it, would recommend it to anyone.. With the right set up you can achieve a perfect skynyrd or Marshall tucker band sound, and it's awesome for hendrix and srv stuff to.. very versatile
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've not had a problem with this amp yet and I'm not sure I ever will. It's build like a tank and seems like it could handle a ton of abuse. Just keep replacing the tubes as needed and be sure to let it warm up for a minute or two before playing and you're good to go.
Features — 9
Probably one of the best amps I have ever played.. I think it rates up there with the Mesa's for a helluva lot cheeper. The only Mesa amp I've played is the Roadking series (I think that's right) and this amp can compete with it no problem. it's 2 channels and as everyone else has stated the volume boost on the distortion channel makes it feel like a three channel amp. I'm really quite please with every thing this amp has to offer, of course I'm not much on integrated effects, I would rather have the individual stompboxes, to me they give a better sound.