This amp is definitely not a one trick pony. I am blown away with the versatile tones I am able to achieve. With the sound quality, capabilities, and service I have received from Paul Rivera, this may be the last amp I ever own.
Where Obtained: Music Go Round
100 watt 2x12 combo, Celestions, all tube (4 EL34, 5 12ax7), 2 footswitchable channels, each boasting a separate 'boost' channel and separate EQs. Effects loop, additional speaker outs, reverb, high/low gain inputs, etc. It has everything it should have, and then some.
I am continually in awe of the tones this amp generates. I play everything from metal to jazz and this gives me exactly what I need...everything from high gain distortion to crystal clean. When I bought this, my choices were narrowed down to a Mesa Nomad, a Soldano Decatone, and the Rivera, and the Rivera won. Prior to buying it, I'd owned tons of different amplifiers, including Marshalls, Fenders & Peaveys (not to mention the rack gear), and the Rivera takes the cake. The mass produced amps just can't compare.
I dialed in my tone in no time without any problems. As indicated above, the R100 compares to other high dollar amps, including Soldanos & Mesas, and even some "boutique" amps. It is as easy if not easier than many amps out there.
This is extremely heavy duty...Rivera does not believe in using cheap materials to offset production costs. It weighs in around 75#, but there are handles built into the sides for ease of carrying. As with any tube amplifier, routine maintenance is required, and I've made it a habit to change my tubes every 6 months or so, depending upon usage.