They're good amps for the price, definitely. As for them not lasting long, I'd have to disagree from my experience. My previous school had the smaller version of the one you posted for a few years and it was always fine. I have an EB-150, which I got second hand nearly a year ago, and I know the person who had it before had it for a few years with no problems.
I require an opinion or three from you people, if you would be so kind. I like to smoke occasionally, at parties and such with friends and I want a smoke I can enjoy. I don't smoke often so I don't really know much about brands, etc. Could anyone recommend me something good? I've heard a lot of good things about Marlboro Reds. How strong are they and such?
What instruments do you play?: Bass, a bit of guitar sometimes.
for how long you have been playing?: About 2 years.
What inspired you to pickup the instrument?: My friend had just got a guitar and he was enjoying it, so I thought I'd give it a go. It wasn't really for me so I tried bass instead and loved it. But now occasionally I play a bit of guitar.
how did you learn those instruments?: Mostly self taught. I've had 5 lessons in total, but other than that all on my own.
Did those methods worked for you?: I'd say so, yeah. But had I had lessons for longer I think they would've helped me progress a lot quicker.
Definitely look for something used I'd say. I got an Ashdown Electric BLue 150 for what would be equivalent to around 135 USD. It sounds pretty good and holds up just fine with 2 guitarists and a drummer.
My band's drummer uses DDrum, and to be honest I think they're pretty good. I don't know loads about drums, but from what I hear they're cheaper, but still good. If you're on a tight budget then I'd say they're a good option.