Tone is Paramount
Gold Supporting Member
I agree with you Ben...The core sound is the key to liking the amp or not...That being said, the Pritchard really has some great sounds in it...as you said...not a bad tone anywhere...Being a lead guitarist, the Pritchard was great at solo tones...The Pearce excelled at clean tones.....The Roland didn't do anything very well for me..I think recent Vypyr stuff is pretty impressive in a number of ways. I don't know to what extent (or if) the core design has changed, or if it is just clever repackaging. However, I also like a lot of the sounds that my red-stripe generation Transformer delivers, and my favorite "models" are based on Peavey's own amps. I think it's purely as simple as personal preference.
Most amps have a signature sound, including Pritchard Amps. To my ears, my Pritchard literally does not have a bad sound in it. But, all versatility aside, if someone doesn't like the core sound, then there is nothing that will make the amp appeal to them.