Price paid: $ 105.99
Purchased from: Rieman Music
Sound — 10
A lot of people thought Line 6 was the ultimate option for tone but the Peavey Vypyr series has got them beat for sure. With all of the different options avilable for your amp model and such, you can have nearly endless possibilities for your sound. You can take a clean Twin tube sound and pound on a tube screamer or chorus. Or you can put on the extreme distortion brought down by the K-Stein model. Anything you can make on a Spider you can produce using this wonder-machine, and this is just a practice amp! On the larger amps there are two effects options so you can have two effects running at one time. One of the most prominent complaints in regards to the Spider amps was the bad clean sound. It was okay but just wasn't cutting it. You can expect a much solider clean sound out of this little machine. You can produce the melloest sound you want or the heaviest distortion ever that could bring your house down!
Overall Impression — 10
This is a perfect amplifier to use for whatever style of music you play whether it be blues, metal, hard rock, classic rock, or whatever. This is a great value for the money because Peavey could easily increase the price of this piece of equipment and still get it to sell very well. At first all I used was Line 6 and it was all used. I was completely devoted to Line 6 but this amp series is so much better. If you are looking for endless tonal diversity and a gazillion options for your sound, just look up Peavey subsection Vypyr in the encyclopedia.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Despite the small size of this amplifier, some might say that it is too small to be loud enough to work well without having a lot of feedback. On the contrary, I actually did an experiment where I played Live to some people with this amp not visible and with my 75 watt Spider on the stage turned on. Everyone thought it was the Spider I was playing through and they were surprised to find out I was using a 15 watt practice amp. One of the first mistakes I made when taking it out was I had to shake it out of it's tight box. It fell on the floor but remained perfectly intact and sounded exactly like the demo model I used. This amp would certainly be reliable during a gig. The only thing is that you can't use a foot switch with it yet. You can only do that with a 30 watt or more.
Features — 10
Peavey has been working on building this digital modeling amplifier for over two years past the expected release date in order to out-do the Line 6 Spider series. They succeeded with flying colors. Peavey's Vypyr 15 watt practice amp packs in a dozen or so amp models with each having two different sounds: clean and distorted. The amp models range from the JSX to a named but non-credited K-Stein to a Peavey Classic to a 6150. There are tons of options here for tonal variety and a lot to mess around with in order to find your personal sound. Along with the amp models you get a dozen or so effects including a flanger, delay, chorus, reverb, tube screamer and the exciting reverse function. Each effect includes two adjustable parameter controls which are accessed by pressing the effects button in and thus entering edit mode. Along with all of this stuff, there are three banks with four channel save options. In relation to ther sizes, the Vypyrs have three times the RAM as Spiders do. On larger amp models starting at 60 watt, there is a USB port access so you can download the new amp system into your amplifier whenever it is updated instead of having to dish out a few hundred bucks to get the newest model.