Price paid: $ 680
Purchased from: Audio Pro
Sound — 8
I mostly use it for a heavy, low distorted sound (check out the clips featured on my profile). Active EMG81 pickups, tuned to Drop-B with 58-11 gauge strings. You can get a Killswitch Engage/Machine Head sound with it, but I would strongly recommend buying a Tubescreamer to get the most out of this amp. The tone varies and can be used for any genre resembling the sound pretty accurately (in the tube sound range). I use the Texture knob set on fully to class B modulation. The clean channel has a great warm and "bassy" sound but can also be industrial like using the bright button and turn the texture knob to A. Even at great loudness it still has the same clarity and warmth that is produced at low volume levels. The distortion is pretty high, although I rarly go over 8 on the gain knob. I use the following settings to get a full and rich tone sound good for recording and Live performances:
This is an extremely loud 100W head, that can be more than enough for Live performances in mid-large venues. Especially if connected to 2 stereo cabinets on both sides. To make it short, it has a great clean channel and a good lead channel for it's price range, more than enough.
Overall Impression — 8
I play in a metal/hardcore band and it suits our style pretty much. In this price range the Peavey Valveking surely takes the first place. I am playing in this band for 5 years now and am playing guitar for over 8 years now. If you really want the new metal sound I would suggest you go with the Engl Powerball series, but you will pay almost 3 times the price of the Valveking, so make sure you think about it for a while and try both out on your own. I really like the texture knob, cause you can create a large spectrum of sounds with it, but the lack of some essential features makes me thing twice about it. The footswitch should be included in the package, but hell you can't have it all.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I use this amp regularly without backup. I haven't had any problems with it yet. The tubes warm up pretty fast and the knobs are firm and durable. The material is "neat" and resistant to impact, although I would recommend handling it with a angry pimp syndrome.
Features — 6
100W tube head made in China, 2006 with four 6L6GC and three 12AX7 tubes. The great thing about it is the warm sound that ranges from a simple and deep clean channel, to a heavy, dirty and abusive lead channel. It actually has three channels, but unfortunately the third channel is only available if you have the footswitch which is not included. There are 2 inputs (for active and passive pickups) and the usual effects input/output. The clean channel has a bright button that punches the high tones out more. The lead channel has a volume boost and a gain boost button. Both come in handy, but only if you have the footswitch...
The amp also features a damping panel that applies to all channels, consisting of a presence and a resonance knob. Of course there is also a master reverb knob. Dual paralleled speaker jacks on the back with a adjustable 4/8/12 Ohm Switch. The big plus on this is amp is the advertised texture knob in the back that is suppose to change the color of the tone on all channels. I'll get to that in the second part. 100W head is more than enough, I successfully played the last few gigs with it not crossing the master volume over 6.
What I really miss is a line out and a headphone jack. These things come in handy on every amp and a included footswitch would have been nice too.