Price paid: $ 120
Purchased from: local music store
Sound — 5
I've used a few different styles of pickups and guitars with it and it sounds mostly the same regardless of what kind of guitar is used with it. As far as versatility goes, it can cope with mostly anything thanks to the different channels and effects built in. It's very silent as well, since the noise gate that's built in is rather agressive... and if that's not enough you can "activate the noisegate", turning into a hard clipping noisegate. The models themselves are okay, but not good. The clean is quite useful, but it's mostly just because it EQs and then outputs exactly what came from the guitar (protip: plug your MP3-player into the guitar-input and apply effects for shits and giggles). Crunch is okay, metal is picky to get okay sounding and insane is very limited in its sound and mostly turns the guitar's sound into a square wave and isn't pleasing to the ears. The effects are better. If the volume's turned up a lot, the whole amp starts vibrating against the floor. It helps a bit to put a piece of carpet or something other soft under it.
Overall Impression — 6
It's an amp to start out with, sounding okay, but that's it. I probably wouldn't buy one again and get a slightly more expensive amp when starting out. It's practical to have as both amp and speaker at the vacation house though - both because anything more expensive would be overkill and because it works and can survive -30C in winter when the house stands cold (Sweden ftw).
Reliability & Durability — 9
I used to carry this amp around from and to school, regardless of weather (wrapped in a plastic bag if it was raining) and it got a few bangs and it still looks like new (apart from a cable for my custom "pedalboard" hanging out of its back and two holes where I had spare straplocks for better carrying). As far as I can tell, this thing is built like a tank.
Features — 7
It has all that a beginner amp needs: different sounding channels, a few easy-to-use effects and a sturdy build. There's really not much that can go wrong when fiddling with the dials, since it's relatively easy to find an okay sounding tone and save it as a preset. CD-in is very practical as well, since it can be used as a speaker for the PC or an MP3-player. Keep in mind that the Spider3 15W amps don't support any kind of pedalboard which is a thing that I really missed in mine. Not that a hardware-hacker can't fix this easily, but it's annoying. The Spider4 15W series do have an FBV-connector though.