Price paid: $ 361.82
Sound — 8
I am using this with a Fender Cyclone II with Jb. Jr.s in the bridge position for rhythm. It suits my style (rock, metal, and blues) very well. It's fairly quiet compared to a few other tube amps that I have tried, but I haven't moved it around too much so I can't be sure. This amp can make a large variety of sounds with the texture control at high volumes the clean channel can become a little distorted, but under normal circumstances, a person will never notice. When in high gain mode the distortion is perfect for heavy metal the tone is fairly reminiscent of a 5150II but it lacks a lot of clarity in comparison. This amp will not do a scooped tone, the mids are way too high for that but it can produce a very unique tone when properly harnessed.
Overall Impression — 8
As mentioned before I play mostly rock and this amp matches my style perfectly. I have been playing for ~5 years now and even though I don't own a lot of my own gear I constantly try new gear out at the music shop down the street. If it were lost I would buy something a bit smaller and maybe a bit more refined like an Orange Tiny Terror. I love the texture sweep ability it's like having two amps in one, however I do not like the fact that there is no master volume and the lack of a switchable effects loop. I compared every modern Peavey/Mesa/Fender/Orange amp available and finally settled on this one due to the awesome price and the sweep feature. As I mentioned before I wish it had a switchable effects loop and a master volume.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Although I haven't gigged before I have been to numerous concerts and I know it would hold up to the abuse. This amp hasn't broken down even after hours upon hours of use. I'm a "budget" guitarist so I've never been inclined to fully test the reliability of my gear but I believe that this amp would survive a small drop unlike some other amps which would just shatter.
Features — 7
The Peavey Valve King I purchased was built in 2005. The Valve King is a very versatile amp for the price but it is mainly suited to hard rock, metal, and even blues; I play a lot of rock and blues with some metal thrown in occasionally. The amp has two foot-switchable channels clean and gain, there is a foot switch which is sold separately. There is a grounded effects loop on the front of the amp as well. It has a master reverb control and a "texture" control knob which sweeps the amp tone from class a/b to class a. I wish that this amp had a switchable effects loop but for the price it's hard to complain. I use this amp for practicing, and jamming but I know for a fact that it would be loud enough to gig with at 100 Watts fully cranked ears will bleed. It contains four 6L6GC power amp tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes.