Purchased from: Around About Sound
Sound — 9
With one ECC83 dual triode valve in the preamp stage of the amplification, the AD30 has an amazing tone, ephasised when turned up to its max. When you select a boutique amp model or a black 2X12, it has a very nice silky tone perfect for rhythm playing. Turn to the later US hi-gain or nu-metal amp models and you face massive distortion; perfecttly suited to the shredders among you.
Overall Impression — 10
If you need a powerful amp on a budget, want to impress your mates, be heard over the others guitarists at a jam or simply searching for a more pure tone; this amp is for you. If you buy it from a store, try to negotiate a price on the VFS2 foot controller as this greatly enhances the experience of this amp.
Reliability & Durability — 9
If you want a solid amp that will last, this is it. The chunky metal grill at the front of the amp prevents any damage to the speaker cone while the thick side panels resist any unnecessary abuse such an inadverted kick. However, with all valve amps, thius does have a glass valve which is fragile and as a result, it is recomended that you move it as little as possible.
Features — 9
This amp is awesome, for its fairly compact size, it hosts a real punch. Vox are owned by Korg (another great sound company), and as a result the AD30 features a Krogs modelling unit. This effect unit is incredibly simple to use, I got it out the box and figured out how to use it straight away. The VFS2 foot controller (avalible seperatly) switches between two prgrammes, and bypasses the effect, leaving you with the clean amp sound. This is very useful for live gigging as well as your usual effect pedal.