Talking about his Slanted and Enchanted-era gear, Stephen Malkmus says "Other than that, I don’t think I had anything else. I had this little Epiphone amp that my friend’s grandfather, or his dad, had had forever. That was the primary amp, other than Scott Kannberg had this solid-state Fender amp, which I would not recommend. Also maybe there was a Twin Reverb lying around. Basic stuff, you know?"more
As a huge fan of the clean tones of The Smiths I wanted to create the same clean base sound. You get that instantly with the Twin Reverb. My vibrato channel breaks up/distorts quite often though. That's a shame because that's the other great thing about the Twin Reverb, the spring reverb and the vibrato. I will get it fixed in the near future. So, final verdict: great for clean play (check out Cobain and others to see the distortion possibilities), has a lot of volume and awesome reverb. May be a bit to much for the bedroom guitar hero, but not a show stopper.
Whenever I play a notable venue which could realistically fit a 2x12, this amp goes with me. There is simply no better amp to reproduce those crystal clear bell tones of a Strat. Except maybe a Princeton, but I've found that Twin Reverbs are just so widely available that venues have absolutely no problem renting them. No boutiquey sounds but very reliably crisp and soulful nonetheless. It also keeps my (drive) pedals really punchy and articulate.