I'm in the market for a high gain combo amp that will do extreme metal. It will be used exclusively for playing at home and recording, loud volume does not interest me but doesn't bother me either.
The problem is that where I live, my choices are VERY limited. I've been to every store that had amps to try them out and I didn't find a whole lot. I've been researching for about a month now and I feel it's time to make a decision.
This is what I found in the stores that was readily available:
1. A few Marshall amps but didn't like any of them, at least what they had didn't sound good to my ears.
2. Bugera 6262 212. Not enough gain for what I going for.
3. Bugera 333. Same as above.
4. Bugera 333XL. I really liked this one. It had enough punch that made me smile and I dialed a tone I liked really fast.
The 333XL wouldn't turn on at first because as it turned out one of the fuses was out so the guy at the store had to change it. I've read a lot about Bugera's reliability issues so I'm really skeptical about getting one.
From my research I really like the Peavey 6505+ 112 combo. Reviews and videos convinced me that it's what I'm looking for. Thing is I'm not really sure about things I haven't tried myself so I don't know. Is it similar to the 333XL? I'd rather go with Peavey because they have a good reputation. I can get the 6505+ here but I'll need to order it from the store and they won't take it back if I end up not liking it. All sales are final so I really need to make a right choice here.
Basically this is what I'm looking at right now: Peavey 6505+ 112 or Bugera 333XL 212?
Any other suggestions? I would like to try a Bugera 6260 212 but they don't have it. It really sucks not being able to try out stuff to see if I like it or not and have to rely on the interwebz to form an opinion. On the other hand it's a good thing that I even have this here!
Bugeras ARE Peaveys, etc, that are stripped down in terms of quality of components and build. So you get what you pay for. They do sound fine, but I wouldn't trust them. That being said, it sounds like you'll barely move them around and crank them up, so maybe you'll be fine.
The 333XL is supposed to be a clone of the Peavey XXX, if I'm not mistaken. The 6262 is like the 6505. You can see the similarities in the naming.