I tried out a Fender Vibro champ which is 5 watts valve and thought it was absolutely amazing.
It has onboard effects of good quality. The oboard reverb and chorus is particularly useful as they are a feature of most of my clean guitar sounds and some of my overdriven ones
You can power an external speaker with it also.
Only real criticisms are; .Noy having much bottom end although this should not really be a problem in a band situation. Only if you play solo guitar you really need it. As you can power an external speaker cabinet with it, I suspect this will not be a problem.
Also, it has a something like 20 differnet 'voicings' which make the amp quite flexible. As far as I could see these were differnet gain, overdrive and EQ settings. However, there is no way to switch between these with a footswitch. The ability to do that would make the amp far more self-sufficent.
Anyway, concidering the price, sound quality and features it has. I plan to buy one
My friend also owns a Laney VC15 and it appears to be very good. Possibly worth checking out that one also.
Thanks,I'll check the fender out,we dont see many laneys around here another plus for the blackheart is the 3 different 4,8,16 ohm outs for ext cabs and I like the crate blue voodoo series and hear good things about crate