I've seen a lot of interest in these amps but not much in the way of user reviews so I thought I'd share. I just picked up a VK212 a few days ago to replace my new Marshall AVT50 which turned out to be a real dissapointment.
So I guess since these are assembled in China Peavey is able to sell them cheap but this amp in no way looks, sounds, or feels cheap. The cleans are crisp, clear, and loud. The gain channel runs the gamut for mild to almost modern metal - but not quite up to the modern high gain you'd probably get from a JS
or 5150 type of amp. No complaints by me though, there's plenty enough gain in there for my hard-rock purposes.
The amp is abominably LOUD, which is of course a good thing. In my humble music room in the basement I've yet to turn it up to even "1" while jamming along to some cd's. I'll be jamming with a band next week so I'll get to open it up a bit and see what's doing. The texture control allows for a nice range of tones and the addition of Resonance and Presence controls really helps to further sculpt your tones.
It has that characteristic 'organic' tone that most good valve amps share. Very responsive to player dynamics. My AVT sounded thin and boxed in where the VK sounds very fat, round, and warm with plenty of presence.
I tested it out first with my Fender Big Apple Strat which sounded killer then I finally got around to plugging in the JEM7vwh and it sounded even more killer. My only complaint is the slight delay when going from the clean channel to the gain channel, and when going to the volume/gain boost. I understand there's a circuit or something you can pull to remedy this issue. It's not a big deal but it is noticable, especially when kicking in the boost for a solo. You have to know just when to hit it.
All in all this is a killer amp and an outstanding value. Hopefully it'll withstand the test of time. One day I'll get around to a new set of tubes which I'm sure could only make this thing better but as-is I'm very pleased.
$550.00 with remote pedal. Best deal I could find. Most sell for $579 without the pedal. I would have loved to go for a JS
or something a little higher-end but this was my price point and I think at this is probably the best thing going at this level.
There ya go. Now if I could just stop buying gear my wife will be VERY happy!!