More than pleased
I have been through a lot of gear. Some tube amps by Egnater, Blackstar, Fender and some solid state/analog amps by Line 6, Fender, Behringer, Yamaha and Marshall. While I could always tell the difference in the tube amps, I always found something to like in them all, no matter what technology was inside. I originally wanted one of the forthcoming Marshall CODE series and had even ordered one from a Sweetwater competitor who said they were getting them in May but after fining out they weren't coming until September (like all the other retailers) I cancelled and landed on this Blackstar. I went with the package deal because the foot switch price was too good to pass up and I always like making changes on the floor. They have kind of the same method as the Fender Mustang series foot switches where you change the function of the buttons so they handle different details. Now to be fair, I'm not a tube aficionado but I can usually tell when I'm playing through a tube amp. There's a percussive quality when playing clean and cranking the volume a little and I was pleasantly surprised to find that happening yesterday when I tried it while using my budget Xaviere Strat. It made the Xaviere sound like a true blood Fender. The way the reverb hung in the air was really pleasing. I tried my Epi Les Paul on it and can get some smooth jazz tones as well as blistering metal. I've also been able to get useable feedback in many spots on the neck with almost no effort. The volume can definitely get quiet enough for practice sessions alone in a small room while still retaining quality. If I am ready to settle down, I have 100% confidence this amp will let me stick my toe in any pool I want musically. Good experience with ordering by the way. Got it two days later and was a little worried they forgot the footswitch but it was neatly slid into the amp box so alls well that ends well. I can't image you would regret buying this amp no matter what style you're in to.