So I finally got rid of the POD HD500, too many artifacts to create decent tone, a never ending learning curve and, I guess, I'm getting old and am not very patient.
First impressions of the Blackstar (arrived one hour ago) are more than positive: build quality is very good, the clean channel is fairly decent until you reach neighbour unfriendly volume levels, and the overdrive channel appears to be fantastic, not the ultimate modern metal amp, but more gain than I'll need for sure. I'll keep posting as long as I play with it!
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_________________Guitars: Jackson USA SL2H Trans Green w/ Dimarzio Tone Zone, Liquid Fire, Fender Telecaster American Std Sunburst w/ BareKnuckle Blackguard Flat 50s, Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II ME w/ SD SH1 and SH5, LTD H-1007, Partscaster (Hacend-Axe) w/ Dimarzio Air Zone, Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues and Air Norton S, Ibanez AEG10BK
Amps: Marshall JVM410C: TAD HPS V1, TAD PS V2, TAD Std V3, EH V4, Laney IRT Studio, Roland DAC-15D, Marshall MS-2. Mods: Plexi Cap, Choke.
Effects/Pedals: Dunlop DVP1, Dunlop JH-1 Wah, Budda Wah, EHX Small Clone Chorus, Boss DD-3, MXR Carbon Copy, ISP Decimator G-String, Several Joyo
Pedalboard: Pedaltrain Pro, CIOKS DC10, G-Lab GSC-3
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