Hi all! After a disastrous Rumble 500 amp purchase last Feb. (Store + shipping company delivered to wrong apt address and package was signed but not by me and both shipping company and store refuse to refund me or send me another Rumble combo.... Absolute nightmare!), i managed to put enough money aside to buy an amp and after much searching and debating and youtube videos and reviews and discussions on TB, my eyes are on the blackstar U500 as it fits what i want (more suitable to rock/punk/metal from ehat i gathered, plenty o effects, 500W, affordable ie 50$ more compared to the Rumble500 (849.00$ CAD). The thing is this : unfortunately, not store around me have it in stock so i cannot try it in person... Considering the "newness" of it compared to other companies (Fender, Peavey, Ampeg, etc.), how much of a chance to be disappointed am i taking here ?! Pros and cons ?! Merci!