I have been wanting another,"good little practice amp", for several years now as I had retired my old 35 Watt beater several years ago.SO... Here Comes The Good...The Bad...and The Ugly.
This little amp rocks for her size. She's got 50 real watts (not 30 with a 50 watt label like so many others) of blue juice in her, and she packs a dash or two of that good old Eden Tone. In the late 90's and early part of this century, Eden was all the rage. If you played electric bass, you just had to have a great rackmount with that "World Traveler" sound, but I digress. Let's just say this amp will give you a nice little sampler taste of that sound.
The controls are pretty straight forward:
Gain-(basically a pre gain
Enhance-a sort of low-mid booster knob.)
Master Volume-(Fairly standard post gain.)
All work well and do as they are told. No hiss from mine.
Though the basic overall sound is good, it is obvious that the little 10" Speaker may bare the Eden Name, but that's where the resemblance ends. Hey what do you want for $100? The trick that works for me to help prevent speaker buzz while honking on the low end of a 5 string bass is to keep the Gain down, boost the Enhance", and rely heavily on the Master Volume for overall level,
and the Enhance knob for depth. Again, the overall tone of the amp is quite good, but the weak little 10" speaker is the "Achilles Heel" you need to work around. Try my little working man's EQ'ing +trick and you should be happy.
This amp looks like a 90's throwback in oh so many ways. Not that that's a bad thing mind you, but c'mon guys, even die hard Peavey amps update their looks now and then, and oh yeah, that cheap little speaker.
This was a great purchase as far as I am concerned. If she plugs along as the stout little workhorse I expect her to be, I might even upgrade her duties. As I said, I love the sound. Once you tweak her just right it's pretty dang good---especially for an amp in the $100 range. My old 35 watter used to be an amazing little backup. If my big amp bought the farm, I'd just throw a Sansamp DI on the front end, and run it parallel as a monitor, while my bass went through the house. I can see putting a better speaker in this one and doing the same thing someday. Good little amp that gives you a lot for your money.