I had a chance to check out the V3 combo today, and gotta say, I'm very impressed. The amp is a 100W all tube design, switchable to 50W, with 3 channels and a lot of crazy switches. The first important thing to mention is the three channels: 2 dirty and 1 clean. The 2 dirty channels are exactly the same, which is awesome because you can have two completely different tones PLUS the clean. This is great for switching between rhythm and solo tones, and it works surprisingly well. The dirty channels have and EQ switch, which enables to you choose between a regular and extended EQ, and Thick/Intense switch. This little bastard is what makes this amp stand out. It's kind of like the Brilliance switch on an AC30. When set to thick the tone is rich and crunchy, with a lot of low-end, perfect for hard rock and metal rhythmic play. Then when you flip the switch into the Intense position things get... well, intense. It's a very high gain, very distorted tone - great for solos and speed metal, for the lack of a better term. The clean channel also has a switch, which changes the EQ. It's almost exactly a "Brilliance" switch. Awesome, if you ask me. The thing that makes this amp shine is definitely the Thick/Intense switch, but it gets even better when you have two separate dirty channels. One can be set to thick, the other one to intense, giving you a variety of tonal options. I was really surprised how versatile the amp is. I expected it to be mediocre, and I was really delighted to hear that it's so much better. The tonal range of the amp is enough to satisfy all your rocker needs. There are two things I didn't like about the V3 though. First, it's ugly. would definitely benefit from a grill, or at least something better than fake black leather. The second thing is that even though its vast array of tones is more than other amps in the price range offer, there is nothing signature about the sound. We've heard this tone a hundred times already. It doesn't have that special something, that would make you think "oh yeah, it's a Carvin". The tone of the amp may be a little derivative, and the box can be ugly as hell, but overall the V3 is a very good amplifier. It's the clear winner in Carvin vs. Orange Rockerverb, mainly because you can pretty much make the V3 sound like the Rockerverb, and then more. I will be using this amp both live and in the studio, so stay tuned for more thoughts on the Carvin V3 212 Combo.