i recently bought a peavey transtube special 212 II for $530. it is a very nice amp in my opinion.theres 6 distortions(3 to a channel, "high gain" disortion is on both) there are so many sounds to get out of this, its amazing.the "modern" distortion is crazy. it is definitly modern and i don't even need a pedal anymore. you can get almost any sound out of this. i did a search for them and i found people saying they were bad. one person said the older transtubes are, but this must be a newer one, hence the "II". on the clean channel, there is vintage and modern. both sound nice.
for the price, i would recomend this amp. it gets a very nice tubeish sound and is very LOUD. 130 watts and 200 watts through a cabinet. as a tube amp does, it gets better sounding as it gets loud. it doesn't get really distorted at higher volumes(of course, i've only gone up to 3.5 at band practice). theres a percentage power level knob. not sure what it does. it says something about playing at higher volumes if it does start to get a little bad sounding. something about compression and all that.
what do you all think?