Price paid: $ 245
Purchased from: Drone Sound
Sound — 8
I play mostly metal-type songs with a lot of distortion, but I do some clean channel stuff from time to time. My guitar of choice is an Epiphone Les Paul Classic. The AD30VT does get me by for the metal stuff in combonation with my Les Paul, plus the clean channel is decent, but not standout. This amp is basically an all-around amp. It doesn't excell in anything, but it doesn't suck at anything either, so I would reccommend it for beginner to intermediate players, especially for its price.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp is all around. As I said, it isn't stand-out in anything, but it easily gets the job done. If I had to, I would definately do it again, especially for $245. Whilst at Drone Sound, I compared it to some other low budget Marshalls and Fenders, but considering how high-priced some of those can be, their cheap ones sucked pretty bad so they were really no contest for this amp. I do wish, however, that the conrtols weren't on top but on the front so you could stack things on it but overall, I am very pleased.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have really only had one incident with this amp a while back. For some reason at random times it would just stop playing. It wouldn't go off, just stop. I took it to the place where I bought it and of course when I got there, it played fine and hasn't done it since. Go figure.
Features — 9
The AD30VT and all of the members of the Valvetronix family are chock-full of cool features for a cheap price. It's a hybrid solid state/tube amp that produces a wide spectrum of sound. The AD30VT has 11 preamp models, 11 effects, 2 programmable channels, and 11 preset channels built in. It has a headphone jack, too. A neat feature is that you can adjust the output wattage so you can get the same sound with less of it. The eleven effects include compression, flanger, phaser, chorus, reverb, delay, tremolo, and many combonations. There is also a setting called "Auto Wah" which isn't all that great. You might as well just buy a pedal or that one. The preamp models are pretty decent, however I wish the "nu-metal" setting had more distortion. Istead, it sounds a lot like the other models. It has decent power, but you won't be using at least the 30vt variety at any gigs, unless it's for your grandparents.