Join Date: May 2003
Location: Hilversum, The Netherlands
I have never used a POD or any of its bigger brothers.
Due to the same reason as you have, I opted for a VAMP-2, bought it for 155 EUR. I'm pretty happy with it.
Now, my background is that I'm a drummer by training and most of my concert experience has been as a drummer or bassist (so basically "rhythm section") and only recently bought my guitar and my VAMP-2, simply to "reconnect to those high-school days". I like listening to Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, and all the guitar heroes. But I play like ****e.
What I'm trying to say here is that I probably have no knowledge of what makes the VAMP-2 so detestable to the guys on this board, who are more guitar oriented, have tons of experience, and have tried everything ever created on the planet. But, I like what I hear on my VAMP-2 and for the price I paid, that's good enough.
If at all possible, go to your closest music store and try one out for yourself. Then you can also probably try out a POD and the other amp modellers available.
Good luck with your purchase!