Price paid: £ 60
Purchased from: Fleabay
Sound — 8
I play both a Dean HardTail, with 2 Duncan designed pickups, for rock/clean/bit of metal, and a epi les paul fitted with Bareknuckle Warpigs, for detuned playing. The amp handles all 3 styles with easy, providing enough midrange crunch on Gain 1 to handle older rock, whereas the gain 2 setting has more than enough distortion on its own, plenty of bass (the cab helps this however) for lower tunings, and a superb bite. Using the higher gain setting does result in a fair bit of feedback between playing so invest in a noise gate or a killswitch! The clean channel is surprisingly good (often overlooked on "metal" amps) with lots of clarity and real feedback from the EQ. You can also boost it to get a bit of breakup at higher volumes. The distortion is very "american", so you're looking at more Lamb of God than Iron maiden!
Overall Impression — 7
I play mainly metal, bit of hardcore, blues, rock, "clean", I try and keep it varied (constant chugging gets boring after a while). The amp suits all styles well in my opinion. If it was stolen or lost, it would be hard to find another one, but I would defiantly get another Randall. Like all "big" amps it weighs a fair bit so that's something to take into account if you're weak. My last amp was an old solid state Laney GH120 so this was somewhat of an upgrade! If you can get a 2nd hand one cheap, and you need a solid, versatile amp, then I highly recommend one.
Reliability & Durability — 5
I brought this amp already broken from Ebay for 60. It apparently just had a blown transformer, but after just over 200 of repair work, it turned out the transformer issue had cook the rest of the circuit boards, which needed replacing. Also, parts are not available in the UK. After the repair work this amp has been flawless however I would consider a backup if I was gigging.
Features — 7
This is a 2006 model, 2 channel hybrid amp. It has a 12AT7 tube driving a MOSFET power section to produce 150w of power. It has 2 foot switchable channels, clean and gain. The amp features 2 gain stages, with a voicing switch, contour control and its own separate EQ. It has a stereo FX loop, and finally, a reverb function. The clean channel also has a boost option. I use this amp for home practice through a Randal RA412XL100 cab. It is a fairly basic amp, and I think the features included reflect this. Everything is clearly marked and easy to use. It also has more than enough power for any situation! Randall also made a 300w version but I cannot imagine using that for home practice.