Personally I think this is the best begginer amp. It has got some quality built-in effects (phaser and reverb sound really, really nice) 3 band EQ, clean channel based on Jazz Chorus, enough gain on dirty channels (tube drive is my personal favourite) It's tuner is accurate enough, and Power Squeezer function can be very useful. In fact I wish I still had it as a backup, because it's much more portable than my Vox AC15 :D
Bought this at the recommendation of a worker in my closest (good) music store. Haven't looked back. It's probably been three or four years at this point. The second channel has stopped working (probably my fault) but the clean channel sounds great. It has good reverb and the power squeezer function is extremely useful. Look after it and it will look after you ten times over.