Price paid: $ 100
Purchased from: Musiciansfriend
Sound — 9
The sound is really where this baby starts to work. While the effects are very weak, the amp models sound pretty effing good and you can get a variety of tones. The effects can be used for flavor but don't expect anything more than a songwriting tool from them. I've recorded with the amp models and while I would much rather have my tube 100 cranked, I get a great sound and my neighbors don't bitch.
Overall Impression — 8
I can't even remember how long I've had this unit, and even though you must unplug the power EVERY time you turn it on and off it is still working as well as the day I got it. It is made of only plastic and if you take the normal amount of care with it it should last you a while. The amp models sound GREAT, the effects and cab models sound pretty thin and weak. Just set it to a 412 and forget it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have the desktop "pod" clone and it is made of only plastic. I've used it live and in the studio and it's taken the normal amount of wear and tear. Years and years of plugging and unplugging that stupid power supply (my biggest complaint with the unit) and it still soldiers on. I've spilled coffee, beer, etc. On it and it just comes back for more.
Ease of Use — 8
It is very easy and straightforward to use. Just dial in your sound. This unit is an amazing songwriting tool and can definitely be passable in a studio setting. I have used this live and recorded with it. There is some feedback when playing live, I've given up on that all together. When you click record this baby really shines. There are better, but for the money you can't go wrong.