I don't know why it took so long to realize exactly what I have but I'm glad I did. There's nothing like a tube amp. I would certainly buy this amp again if I had to. The only way to make it better is splitting the EQ controls for each channel.
Model Year: 1997
Where Obtained: The Music Den
I bought this used in 1998 or 1999. Paid cash and also traded in a Crate 1x12 for it. I think it was roughly $300 bucks plus the trade. Couldn't have been much more than that. It has two channels with one set of EQ controls. Bright and Normal inputs. Has the EFX Loop and Reverb. There is also more than enough power for what we play. I can be heard over the drum kit easily
After 6-7 years of having this, I'm finally figuring out just how great of an amp this is as well as the power and tone it can produce. I recently bought a Marshall MG 50DFX but now I'm playing this much more than ever. It was a great warm tone to it but it is also a beast and can deliver some nice punch when the overdrive channel is switched on. I mainly use my Strat and put a BOSS Super Chorus pedal throug the loop. It just took some time to play around with the knobs to find the tone that was exactly what I was looking for.
Very simple to use. Use the Pre and Post controls to get the overdrive you're looking for. It just take a little time to find the right balance of each. EQ is simple too.
This thing weighs about 70 pounds. I haven't had an issue with it as of yet. Responds great when playing live.
I would highly recommend this amp to anyone looking for a great sounding combo amp. It has the warm rich tube sounds that most people love.
Model Year: 1991
Where Obtained: AL&M
Easy to set up for all types of music.
Powerful enough for most situations.
Excellent sound quality.
Some of the warmest tones I have ever heard.
A bunch of knobs, how hard can it be?
...Actually it is very easy to get the tone you are looking for without much fiddling aroung.
Fairly rugged as a tube amp goes.
i think this is a great value for the money. great features, great tone, easy to get good sound, plenty of power, compact (in that it is a 2x12 combo), handsome (tweed with brown grill). i tried various Peaveys and Fenders in this price and power range, and found this one to be the more natural tone.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Royal Music, Merrick, NY
controls on top, chicken-head knobs. Knobs go to "12" max. 2-input. master volume, reverb, 3-way EQ, pre-& post-gain, clean volume. power & standby switch. effects loop and foot pedal jacks are a little awkward, face down in the back of the amp. cooling fan for the tubes. took a point off for no heaphone jack and somewhat flimsy foot pedal cable.
I love this baby! Gives me all i was looking for. powerful clean, breaks up a little at high volume for some bluesy crank. using gain channel, can dial-in desired distortion using pre-gain, then work on level/volume with the post-gain. the two work together to create tonal variations. once you balance the gain channel with clean volume, all you have to do is use the master volume and you're set. i get a nice smooth distortion by cranking the pre-gain. its a natural tone, not mechanical like some of those "boost" or "more gain" buttons. Also has a variable adjjust presence knob to dial-in the high-ends, adds a nice sparkle to the tone, not like a preset "presence button". All the power you will need. The fan makes some noise in the room, but it doesn't effect your speaker sound at all.
even though this may have an extra knob or two over other similar amps (with the 5 gain & volume knobs), i actually find it refreshing, and easy to dial-up great tones.
foot switch controls gain/clean channel & reverb on/off. i find the foot switch not quite as smooth operating or durable in appearence as my old Fender footswitches.
i took a point off for ease of use -because this baby is heavy! but that's probably a function of its solid construction.
looks solid, well-built. 5-yr warranty; 1 yr on tubes. corner protectors on cabinet. single strap handle on top...dont know if that'll hold up to the weight over time..think i'll get a handtruck.