Purchased from: the bay
Features — 8
The Peavey Windsor Studio Combo is a Class A single channel all-tube amplifier with two 12AX7 Preamp tubes and one EL34 power-amp tube, which can be replaced by any octal power tube. With a KT66 or L&GC it will deliver between 10-12 W, with a EL34 or KT77 you will get 14-16 W and with a 6550 or KT88 between 17-20 W. The amp has low and high gain inputs, bass, middle and treble tone control and controls or Preamp and Master Volume as well as for It's build-in spring reverb. With effects-loop jacks on the front and a microphone simulated XLR-output on the back, it is well equipped for recording, but should be able to deliver for smaller gigs. It has a built-in power attenuater called Power Sponge to reduce the volume to be bedroom compatible.
Sound — 9
Many reviewers attest this amp an at best mediocre sound. I can't confirm these ratings. Indeed, it sounds bad with wrong settings, muffled, no bass and so on. This amp needs to breathe through it's power tube. Crank the volume poti up to 9 till 10 (2 or 3 pm) and turn the volume poti on your guitar down, if needed. With gain on 3 you will get a clean tone with good headroom. I play this amp with a Fender Telecaster Custom FMT HH with Seymour Duncan Humbuckers, which you can split up and drive in single coil mode. As said, in single coil mode you will get a beautiful clean tone with this amp. With the neck pickup in single coil, you will get the twang, you're looking for, With the neck Humbucker, it delivers a beautiful blues tone. If you crank the gain up, the sound gets more and more dirty. It was designed as a british amp and it sounds in that way. Metal is not, what it was designed for. The power sponge is useful. It has for sure impact on the sound of the amp, but it is well controlled down to about 25 or 20 per cent. In addition, the reverb sounds to me good.
Reliability & Durability — 7
There are amps in the market, which cost much more than this one and are built to achieve higher goals, for sure. But if you consider the price, you will get a well built amp and I wouldn't have much doubts when playing a gig. The Tolex could be applied more carefully on the front and when wrapped around the sides on the back of the amp. But otherwise the used material is quite decent. The knobs and controls on the front could be better. But the built quality is quite solid and I would expect, that his amp will be a good companion for lots of years.
Overall Impression — 8
This is a great amp for little money. Try it and it will deliver all you're looking for. For what it costs, it sounds really good, but keep in mind, that you need to crank up the Master Volume, if you don't want to be disappointed. It will deliver clean sounds with the preamp volume on 3 and dirty sounds beginning on 7. Fifteen watts with a EL34 can be LOUD. If you go on stage, I would recommend it to you if you are playing in a smaller group blues or rock. If you need much clean headroom, it might not be the ideal companion. Go for it and shoot one.