Price paid: $ 334.4
Sound — 10
I'm using a crappy Squier Bullet Strat and it sounds fantastic! Pretty much no cracking, and it sounds fantastic with hard rock/pop sounds and some good riffs. It can be very loud if you want it to be, I would consider using it for a few gigs. The distortion is great and gives you a lot of options to get the sound you want.
Overall Impression — 9
For someone like me Who plays a lot of rock, but a lot of softer stuff as well this amp works brilliantly. It gives you a clean sound and is great with distortion. I would probably opt to use my distortion pedal due to the simple fact the amp doesn't have it's own pedal, but I cannot fault it for anything else. I'm entirely happy with this and would replace it instantly if I ever needed to. I love the way it is separated and looks like a full Marshall stack! Too cool! I still wish it had it's own pedal for switching between clean/distortion and possibly a few more effects but that's what the Marshall pedal range is for.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've only had it for about three weeks now but I've pushed it to it's limits, I've had no problems with it and I don't expect any in the future. I would be more than happy to rely on it without a backup. It's a very sturdy construction and I can't see it getting easily damaged. It's very heavy and stable so I don't envision too many problems but this is my first Marshall so I don't know what to expect.
Features — 7
This amp offers a lot of options in terms of sound (especially for me upgrading from a basic 10W Fender amp). It sports two cabinets and a separate head which looks cool and packs a punch for only being 15W. You have separate volume controls for clean and distortion (no pedal though) and you also have reverb (which is pretty dull). No fantastic special effects or anything, but what are pedals for? It plays rock and softer sounds fantastically and even has an input for CD's etc. It also has Mashall's FDD technology which sounds a tad better but it's nothing to brag about.