Price paid: $ 249
Purchased from: Musiciansfriends.com
Sound — 9
I use a Zion Radicaster, with Tom Anderson pickups. Very unknown brand but very good. This amp really fits any music style. I am in to clean stuff and then I can go heavy in to Metallica. (Old Metallica) The cleans are good, not the best but you can get some nice tone out of it. The rectified setting is not the best in quality but it sure is a monstourous sound. The Uk 70's I use a lot but I wish it had more versatility in that setting. Just a little more gain flexibility would be nice. It's also very bassy so turn down the bass and crank up mids and highs. Clean remains clean and some of the distortion can get pretty ripping. It actually normally sounds really good at a high volume. This reflects it's tubiness.
Overall Impression — 9
It's a good match for me. Fits my bluesy, to metal styes. I've been playing 5 years and I own all crappy stuff besides for this and my Zion. If it was stolen I would buy the 50 watt, but I probably won't have enough money so that doesn't matter. I love it's felxibility, but the effects are ok. I wish you could kind of mix and match them. The only other competition for the price is the Spider III. I think that this is more of natural sounding and doesn't sound too modeling. I would take this anyday. It's overall pretty decent.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It hasn't broken, I would use it without a backup. It's pretty solidly built and I wouldn't worry about it.
Features — 9
This amp is pretty good. It's really versatile, because it's a modeling amplifier and can go from super clean to a heavy rectifier. It has to customizable channels, which is actually really useful for a small amp like this one. There could be 4 but it's ok. I actually use it to play in a band but for now we just practice, it's enough to get by, but if you really want a good amp for a band get at least a 50 watt. Don't be mistaken though, it is not a tube amp. It's a hybrid. It's supposed to be more clear and sound like a tube, which I can't say is exactly accomplished for this price pretty good.