Price paid: $ 1600
Purchased from: Individual
Features — 10
It's a made in USA hand built, hand wired, 4x10 Jenses alnico speakers, all tube 6L6 or 5881 driven tweed cabinet recreation of a '59 Bassman. Attention to detail is very apparent in the circuit. The resistors are true Allen Bradley carbon comp, the capacitors are "age" to give it a vintage sound from day one, and the transformer is built identical to the original '59 specs. It has two channels, a normal, and a bright that can be combined with a jumper. The controls are: a volume for each channel, bass, mids, treble, and presence. The cabinet is solid pine, and the baffle board is birch ply. It's a very solid built amp.
Sound — 10
This is truly a very versatile amp, but most Victoria's are. I play a variety of types of music from classic rock, to blues and this amp is great for that. I have 6 electrics, two Heritage, an H150 (Les Paul), an H555 semi-hollow body, a Fender Strat, a G&L Legacy, a '69 Gibson ES335, and a hollow body jazz guitar. I mainly use the H150, and the Strat with this amp, I run it at about 1/2 to 3/4 and use the guitar to control the volume. It really responds to pick attack so depending on how you playing it goes from clean to break up very well, making it a great blues and rock amp. I have two overdrive pedals, a Rockett Pedals Blue Note for mild break up, and an Fulltone OCD for more distortion. I also have a reverb, and tremolo pedals as well, but I prefer the dry sound of the amp the most. Just plug in, crank, and go, it sounds amazing!
Reliability & Durability — 10
All Victoria amps are built for professional use. The cabinets are solid pine, the baffle board is birch ply, the circuit is point to point heavy duty tag board (no cheap, flimsy PC boards here) tubes are secured with retaining springs for the power tubes, and metal cans for the preamp tubes. I personally have had trouble with PC board amps in the past. Ones built in England, and USA, so I never felt confident using those without a back up, but I would use this amp without a back up, and never worry. It's made to use, and it will hold up.
Overall Impression — 10
In conclusion, this is a very well built great sounding amp for most any style of playing any type of music. Pedals, no pedals, either way. It really comes to life running it above the halfway point. The original Marshall amps were based on the Bassman, and when you here this at high volume, you will recognize this. If this amp were stolen, yes, I would definitely replace it. I am actually thinking about getting another anyway, and running two. The price isn't cheap, but when you compare it to an original '59 Bassman, it becomes very fair. If you're looking for one amp to do it all, this one will fit the bill very well.