I've blown out two of already. Yes, blown out. Because gigs. Because I ran them hard. These are the best small gig amps in the world. Even Feist has used them (pretty sure she's got two of right now her own self).
Look, I'm not saying you have to buy a Vox Pathfinder 15R. I'm just saying if you DON'T, I'm going to be really, REALLY frustrated, OK? I mean, seriously, I know it's discontinued. I know they're hard to track down. But check Reverb or something. They should be less than $150. They're great for practice, bedrooms, garage bands, and small venue/coffeehouse gigging.
They sound good, they look good, and the built in tremolo sounds GREAT.
Just do it. OK? Just do it. I'm only trying to help you!
Sadly out of production now. I bought this to carry on the London Underground to small shows, use it all the time. Loud enough to play live with, small enough to carry everywhere. The sound is really quite good too, gets a bit too fuzzy if you're blasting it loud, but that's fine by me. Perfect for the lo-fi powerpop sound I want. Sound guys often ask if it has valves (it doesn't).
This is like a nice amp and a good sound.
Although solid state, this amp had an amazing tube like tone. In addition to Gain, Volume, Treble, and Bass Controls, the P15R even includes Tremolo and spring based Reverb. A Boost switch dramatically increases gain and overdrive.
My brown Vox Pathfinder 15r puts out 15 watts through a little 8" speaker ... it's solid-state with a great tremolo and a spring reverb ... and it'll curl your toes, bro! (don't bother getting the nearly worthless Vox foot-switch)
A few years ago I had a Vox Pathfinder without reverb. I loved the tone, but really wanted that reverb, as I played a lot of lap steel at my church. I played out of a Peavey Classic 50, and still love that amp above all others, but it's incredibly heavy. So I needed something that was small and light, but still had good tone and that reverb (gotta want that reverb).
Unfortunately they don't make these anymore, so when you find one on Craigslist or in a music shop, do yourself a favor and pick it up. Its tone is nice and full. The spring reverb isn't exactly "Surf's Up" echo-y, but it's good enough to add a nice dynamic to your playing. It also has a nice tremolo feature as well.
These can be had for around $100-120, and it's worth every penny.