I bought this combo for the following reasons so bear this in mind whilst reading my review: as a small recording amp live on stage mic'ed up and sent through the pa for quieter rehearsals and writing a lightweight combo for travelling with
Fit and finish Unboxing this amp with it's retro (but not ott) design, I was fairly impressed but a few things show cost cutting The chicken head knobs are a bit cheap looking; the tolex on mine is finished to an ok standard, the laney logo is rather cheesy, the handle is quite good rubber but I don't predict a long life, the corner protectors are the black plastic type and not perfectly installed. These are pretty small factors here though. The combo is however nice and light for carrying around and seems very solidly put together for its weight.
Sound Pro's Well...really nice. Out of the box, with single coils, it was a good rich sound, impressive at low volume with an American scoop to it. Cranking it up, you can get some very modern sounding preamp distortion over to classic sounding power break up. Simple and versatile, you have a tone conrol (more like a tone cut), volume (to the power tubes) and gain (preamp). There are low and high gain inputs but my favourite is to use the volume at full and use the gain with input 1 to control the output. That way I get some very bluesy, on the edge distortion.
Cons The speaker probably isn't the best in the world but really not that bad - I have decided to live with it for a while. The baffle wasn't fully screwed down, resulting in some nasty buzzes but that was an easy fix. The installed ruby tubes are a bit brash in my opinion so I swapped v1 for a British made nos 12ax7 and the sound is a bit richer but it's a very subjective complaint. I'll be changing the other tubes too but it's not necessary - just personal bias.
Overview All in all, for the purposes I bought it for, it does a great job at half the price of the famous American 10" combo I was going to buy.
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Conor M. on 04.08.2013
One of my first forays into tube amps, good basic components and very well constructed, not a panel or screw out of place and no rattling or loose parts in evidence. Quite good tonally, a good template for bedroom jamming and it takes pedals well. Doesn't have it's own flavour like a small Fender would and the controls are basic but it's still very satisfying.
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