Okay, this thing just crapped out on me. Every time you turn it on the volumes fall and you need to turn it up. Instead of changing the tubes, I decided just to exchange it for a Hot Rod Deluxe ^_^
Model Year: 2002
Price: $349.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
The amp has master, volume, treble, middle, bass, presence, and reverb knobs. There is a low/high input and power switch. An effects loop is in the back. This few controls offer a surprising amount of tonal versatility. I tweaked with the 3-band EQ (mid, bass, treble) and was surprised to see the wide range of tones this amp could achieve with the master and volume hardly at 1! Due to a lack of standby, I had to make it go idle by putting the master at 0.
I play blues/rock and I'm not a big fan of high-punched high end, but you can definitely get that if you tweak the treble and presence knobs. I keep the treble and bass midway and keep the middle at zero, I really liked that sound. The reverb is a 3-spring reverb unit and sounds very good. It's much more realistic than my "modeled" reverb on my pedal. I've never tried the famous "Fender Reverb", so I can't tell you how that matches up. The amp is very good at bringing out your "picking personality". When I picked certain strings harder it really emphasized it for me, which was great! I live in a condo so I wasn't able to try out the thing at high volumes, but the manual says if you put the input on low you can achieve a lot of headroom. This amp can peak at 120W (RMS), I believe you do that by putting the Master at 10. Oh yeah, this baby can get LOUD at low master-levels if you know how to work it. AND it can drive a 4x12 cabinet easily. It's also available in head form.
The small amount of controls make it very simple to operate and any greenhorn and tweak this thing to get a sweet tone.
I wasn't too thrilled when I found out that it had a cloth grill, I prefer metal. The chassis is mostly wood with metallic corners, so it should be able to handle gigs. It comes with cheap Chinese-made tubes, so I'll probably have to pickup a new pair soon. But, after that, it should be every year or so depending on the frequency of its use. Another turn-off is the thing plastic handle. My Fender Frontman 15 uses a tougher rubber handle and it's MUCH lighter than this lug!