Always feel modeling amps lack the punch, the pick attack of an analog amp, but the CODE 100 does a good job, but it still sounds a bit like you are listening to a guitar track on a song instead of a live guitar performance. Thats not a bad thing, the sound is smooth, it is clean, but it is different. The cleanness of the sound is interesitng actually, the notes are far more distinct, far less mushy and makes you play much cleaner.
Thi is in comparison to my IValve King 212 with messa boogie pre amp, and 6L6 power valves. Have had it years, but havent been able to get the solo tone I want out of it, it has always sounded harsh, though the messa boogie valves helped. This is where the CODE 100 excells, the solo tones are very clear with none of the noise, so tapping for example stantds out very nicely, whereas with the Peavey it was feeding back and very noisy at the levels needed to get any volume.
After a couple of days playing, the Plexi with gain is my preferd rythym sound and marshall fury with the reverb removed my prefered solo sound.
Not gigged it, we are just a jamming group made up of ex band members and having a once a week laugh, but I can imagine the amp would be fine in any pub type venue.
I will try it using the Peavey speakers over the weekend, see what difference that makes.
It's good to hear from someone else who has some positive things to say about the Code. Generally these pages are filled with issues and complaints so its a pleasent change. I agree that the amps arent perfect, but I think sometimes people expect way too much from the technology, especially at the pricepoint.