Price paid: $ 600
Purchased from: Music Go Round
Sound — 9
I play a PRS Tremonti SE loaded with EMG 81/85 pickups tuned to Drop C. Randall is known for making hi-gain amps geared towards more aggressive rock/metal, etc (Randall is endorsed by artists such as Dan Donegan of Disturbed, John Connolly and Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Aaron Fink of Breaking Benjamin, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Kirk Hammett, the late Dimebag Darrell, etc.) This amp is no exception; it can easily handle some of the most heavy and aggressive styles of music with ease. Lots of clarity even with the gain at 10, massive tight low end, screaming highs, just a well rounded sound. That said, even though it is a rock/metal amp, it is very versatile. It can probably handle anything you throw at it. Nice clean sound (nicer than most hi-gain heads I've played); if you crank the reverb and use your neck or middle positions it is possible to get a Tremonti-style clean sound. The only grievances I have against the amp is 1) Poor reverb, and 2) Because it is a hi-gain head, your higher-gain sounds can be prone to feedback, even with low-noise EMGs. A noise gate (like an MXR Smart Gate) would easily counteract that. All in all, sounds pretty damn good. Exactly what I'm going for (hard alt-rock/metal a la Seether, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Disturbed, etc).
Overall Impression — 10
Exactly what I was looking for. Fits the style of music I play and works very well with my EMG-loaded PRS. I sold my Peavey Ultra Plus head to get this rig. Very wise move on my part. Also note that it is a very affordable head, not to mention that it is also right up there with most higher-end amps, even with it's less-than-$500-new price tag. I'd recommend this to anyone seeking a tight, punchy hi-gain sound, but needs a good clean as well.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Haven't gigged with it yet (I'm in between bands), but I have transported it many places and it has held up. More reliable than a tube head, because it's mainly solid-state, and looks and feels far more sturdy than the Randall R412JX cab that came with it (I'm about to get rid of the cab, I'm using my Marshall 1960A cab instead). I feel very confident about it.
Features — 10
Believe the amp was made in 2006/2007. This is a 150W hybrid amp (i.e., solid-state preamp driven by a 12AT7-powered power section). Has 2 channels (your typical clean and dirty sounds), but the dirty channel has 2 gain modes (gain 1 is more of a vintage hi-gain, Gain 2 is a totally modern, metallic hi-gain). The clean has a boost switch that is footswitchable (as is the gain selector). The channels have individual 3-band EQs (the dirty channel also has a voicing switch which scoops the mids), volume, and reverb. There is a footswitchable reverb/effects loop. It is a totally gig-worthy head by features.