Submitted May 6, 2019 by Scott D in Parachute, CO
"It's a Beast"
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This was the year I was going to pull the trigger on a Marshall JVM410. I own a few mid-priced tube amp heads, but none performed the way I wanted in an outside gig situation; bottom line-weak for a 100-120 watt tube head. I caught wind of the Victory amp series and the success it was having in England. Hand wired, English made monster with oodles of useable gain. I watched numerous reviews and chose the Super Countess. With 4 modes, I would still get the variety I needed in a smaller, less expensive amp head. I was a little leery of a shared EQ, I had a 5150 one time that had a fairly unusable shared EQ but I was pleasantly surprised with how 1 EQ setting sounds good across all 4 modes; can always add pedals to change tone if needed. It has two power modes, 30 and 100 watts and it is extremely LOUD on both. Down in my basement on 30 watts, GAIN at 4 and MASTER at 3, is more than enough for practice level. The 100 watt setting allows incredible headroom on the clean setting. This amp head is about 2/3 the size of my other 100 watters and outpowers them all. For the price, my choice with Marshall was a JVM205 or this beast of an amp head. It doesn't have a reverb or a programmable footswitch, but if an old school style, easy to use amp is on your radar, you will not go wrong with a Victory.I took off half a star for shared EQ and no reverb but definitely not a deal breaker for me.
40+ years with bands and at home
Rock, metal and alternative: 60's through now.
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