The Hartke HA2500 was my first amp I had for shows after a string of very inexpensive practice amps! I remember getting it and the rack ears, racking it up feeling like a pro! Also had the matching 4x10 cab!
The EQ was also amazing, i was also a fan of the compression after I knew what that was!
The only downside to this amp is that its 250 watts and after playing a few shows and practices i realised id need something with a bit more power to keep up with the guitars and be heard over the kit, I still have this amp today as a backup!
All in on really good reliable and fairly priced amp and great for someone that is just getting into gigging!