Price paid: $ 152
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 9
Right now I am using a 1987 Peavey Patriot, with a single Bill Lawrence USA L500-XL in the bridge. I mostly play Thrash and Hardcore (Slayer, Trapped Under Ice, Crowbar, Life of Agony, Harm's Way, etc.) and the amp works great. The feedback can get kinda out of control on the high gain settings at high volume. The cleans are pretty good, I don't use them much, but the Fender models are really good. The distortion is really great. I played this along side my friends Peavey XXX, and it blew it out of the water as far as tonality is concerned. You can get a really good scooped mids sound out of this amp, which is what I usually play with.
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression is that if you are on a budget and cannot afford a nice tube amp, get this. Probably the only amp I will ever own besides a Mesa Dual Rectifier. If it was lost or stolen, I would buy another one. Beats every other solid state or modeling amp hands down. Nothing can compete with it in it's price range. I've been playing for 7 years and have played my fair share of amps. If you are thinking about getting a Line 6 Spider III or a Marshall MG, Don't! Get the Vypyr! You'll Thank me later.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have had no problems with it at all. I know that the early models had some problems with them shutting off if you have your guitar plugged in before you turn the amp on. I haven't had any thing come up that has worried me. I would definitely gig it without a backup.
Features — 10
I believe the model I have is 2009, so all of the bugs were worked out of it. Pretty versatile amp. You can get almost any sound you are looking for. 4 channels with 4 presets on each channel. It has a built in noise gate than can get annoying sometimes, but it's not too bad. I use this amp at home mostly, and it's almost too loud. But for band practice/jamming it is perfect and cuts through nicely. For a Solid State amp, let alone a modeling amp, the tone is amazing.