"This new 40xl is just a lot of amp for the money."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
The JC clean sound of this amp is excellent. This amp has good full range sound with good bass for a 10". I think the ported enclosure in the roland helps gives better bass response than other non ported amps such as the crate and vox. I waited to buy this over the 30x due to the newer spring reverb. I tried other similar small amps such as the crate and kustom and the older roland 30x and did not like the reverb on those units. The reverb on those older units were really cheap and almost not useable in my opinion. This newer spring reverb is very useable and actually sounds like a spring reverb at the lower setting. The 40xl has great power and gets somewhat lounder than the similar vox30.
I like the new record feature that allows you 80 secs. of playback. I've already had some fun with that. I really don't think the other modeling amps were that great except for the fender blackface. That actually sounded like my Fender blues deville amp.
Ease of Use:
The knobs are easy to adjust from the top. They feel solid and not as cheap as some of the other knobs on other amps.
The amp appears to be well made and solidly build. I did not see any cosmetic blemishes.
I have never dealt with the company to know about service or warranty issues.
In short, I considered the amp to have better quality features than the other 10" amps I looked at. The vox30 was the next best in compairing, but it did not have quite the bass response. I did go back and forth on getting this 40xl or the new vox40 but glad not I went with the Roland. It is even 2 lbs lighter. The clean on the roland was a little more american or subdued clean vs. the british bright clean of the roland. The better bass response from the roland with my les paul was the tie breaker for me.
The Wow Factor:
Ha, Not sure I like the sex appeal of this amp. I did like the 22 lb weight of the unit so it's easy on my back compared to my 45 and 60 lb fender amps. I went for the sound, primarily the JC Clean, reverb and light weight, not so much the looks.
I view this new 40xl as a top favorite over all solid state amps in it's price range. I plan on keeping it for a long time. Sure there are better sounding amps out there, but you will pay a much higher price. Again, for the price of this amp, it has a remarkable number of features and really good sound.