I played one yesterday.
I was like "Oh Shit! They got a Thermion!"
So I hooked it up, turned it on, and plugged in an Ibanez Artist.
So . I hit the standby switch...
Clean Channel: Yeah. . .The first thing that came to mind was me noting how gritty and gross it sounded. I popped and slapped and did some fast picking stuff. It wasn't real responsive. Ok, well, clean channels not THAT important, is it? . . .overdrive channel
Dirty Channel: To my great dissapointment, it was the worst sounding overdrive Ive ever heard. Its supposed to be all tube, but its evident they have some clipping diodes stuck in the circuit, its almost impossible to find an amp that doesnt nowadays. It had a very tight sound, but it was so tight that it was harsh and un-musical. It was gritty and thin, the high end was brittle, although the low end was somewhat solid. The midrange was almost non-existant, no marshall crunch because of the 6L6 tubes. It was even worse than a Crate Blue Voodoo. . ., at least that thing will sustain and have a somewhat juicy gain.
The overdrive was very very strange. After diming the gain, it provided a powerful unnatural crunch, but single notes. . . it was like playing a Marshall plexi with the volume turned down. NO sustain, NO smoothness, and strangest of all: NO RESPONSE. It was the most "Dead" sounding amp I've ever played. Double stops almost sounded like white noise, it was just terrible.
I cant believe they have the balls to put a tag of $1300 on this thing. Bear in mind, I like to give amps a fair test before making any opinions, but . . .this one flat out sucked, I wouldn't bother talking about it if it wasn't true. I tried an Ibanez Andy Timmons sig into it, which made it a little better, but the distortion was still disgusting. It sounded like a Boss DS1 with the tone knob cranked up, harsh, gritty, disgusting.
Its the last thing you want if you're going to be playing Vai music, its an amp for modern powerchord mashers.
They're alot of better amps out there. . . .I cringe just thinking about that Thermion.
Too bad, because it looks really badass.