Price paid: £ 900
Purchased from: Electromusic, Doncaster
Sound — 10
I tried may amps prior to buying this and none of the others combined the great clean & superb overdriven of this amp - sounds fantastic. The ISF is useful & is icing-on-the-cake really. Ideal for rock. Very heavy metal may need more gain - this is easily achieved with a pedal if required - not my thing though, so not worried. I use an LP & you can easily dial in a slash-esq tone. I read one review where it said that it is hard to get a bad sound & I have to agree, straight out of the box it sounds great. This is an amp that makes you want to keep playing...
Overall Impression — 10
The best sounding & most versatile amp for the money there is. You may be able to get better, but at a much higher cost & probably when everything turned to 10. What I really like is the rare combination of a great clean & overdriven in the same amp & the fact that is sounds equally great at low volumes or at 4.5W as it does at 45W at high volume - what an achievement - hats off to the boffins at Blackstar - a future classic!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Superb build quality - alot of attention has been paid to this. A new amp, so can't comment on its reliability...
Features — 10
Made in 2009 Huge versatility: with 2 flavours for both the clean & the overdriven, ISF actually works & provides an american (turn couter-clockwise) or UK (turn clockwise) style to the amp. 2 channels, all controlled via supplied foot switch, has Effects loop & headphone jac Also has DPR (power reduction - anything from 4.5W to 45W) that works with very little impact on sound Play at home in the summer house & this is both quiet enough & plenty loud enough