I haven't had a real amp since I got rid of my Blackstar HT-5R a few years ago. I was using a POD for a little bit, but there are too many parameters and whatnot for me, and it felt more like using a computer, so I hardly played it. Since then, I've used JamUp on my phone a bit, but I basically have just played unplugged.
I've been wanting a real amp for a while (I've got my eye on the 6505 mini), but money's too tight. I saw this posted on Kijiji for $75 and managed to get them down to $60, so I grabbed it. In my first couple years of university I had a L6 Spider 15, and as shit as it sounded, it was convenient, so I took a gamble on this expecting it to sound a bit better.
I got to the house and found out the seller was an elderly British lady. I was trying to figure out if she was selling the amp on behalf of someone else, but I'm pretty sure it was either hers or her husband's, because whoever had it had printed out the user manual, hole punched it, and put it in a duotang folder.
DSCF0134 by Phil Babbey, on Flickr
DSCF0141 by Phil Babbey, on Flickr
Surprisingly, it sounds a lot better. The cleans are actually perfectly fine (the spider had possibly the worst cleans I've ever heard) with a decent amount of headroom, and the high gain is great. I haven't messed around with mid gain tones too much yet, but I think they could potentially be a bit more awkward. It seems like they either sound neutered or strangely loud, but they still seem decent.
The high gain behaves sort of like the Spider did, where it sounds better a little more saturated. My tones are way more wet than they would ever be if I was playing with people, but for practicing and learning songs, they sound great. The 6505 sim actually reminds me of my 5150.
At the end of the day this amp blew away my expectations, and I would have been happy paying $150 or whatever it costs new. If I was doing that, I think it's worth springing for the 30w version for the extra headroom and stomp box emulations, but thankfully this one has the Tubescreamer sim hidden in the effects panel.
Those things were better than I expected, as I recall. Nice!