So, I've been wanting to try this thing for a bit now. Went in to guitar center and lucked out...there was one just off the truck. First impression: wow...this amp actually sounds pretty decent.
Shimmering cleans to very fat cleans
It can even get a real nice bluesy breakup going to it as well if you bump the gain up
Fat rhythmic rock tones to nicely saturated leads and even to metal. It didn't sound as good as the 5150 for metal but it sounded OK.
The reverb was actually very useable...very lush sounding on both channels.
All in all, especially for an amp under $1G, i'd say this is an awesome amp.
I've wanted a Mesa MKV to be my first real amp...however things might've changed upon playing this amp. It seemed to be very versatile, especially with a few pedals in the mix. Very pleased with it...although I certainly was not expecting it.
I really enjoyed playing this thing and was reluctant to leave it.
I might have to look into it a bit more!
(Played through a Marshall 1960 lead, by the way)