I didn't really look at many other amps, good tube amps is a very small market. I would definitely buy this amp again if it was lost or stolen. The only possible area I could see to make it better is to have included a headphone jack, but this really is a small complaint. Overall, this is a very superb amp, and you can get them used now for very reasonable prices.
Where Obtained: Thurman's Guitar Workshop
It has two different channels footswitchable by an included footswitch. Separte 3-band EQ for each channel along with a presence control, and along with gain and master controls for each channel. It has a 5-band parametric EQ assignable to neither, both, or either channel. the EQ and reverb are also footswitchable by a separate footswitch which can be purchased separately. Effects loop with wet/dry mix control. It has a very loud 50 watt tube power amp. Completely tube electronics. 6 Preamp tubes, 2 power amp tubes. although, unlike the dual rectifier series, no rectifier tubes. This definitely doesn't inhibit the great sound though.
What it breaks down to is that this amp can make any guitar sound good, any. the effects loop is great, especially with the mix control provided. I play various styles of rock music, and this amp has always fit my needs. I have heard it used for jazz as well as blues. it is highly versatile. I also have an all-tube carvin head, which is nothing compared to this. This amp has such incredible distortion and clean tones, it blows everything else away. It is noisy, but the grounding switch does a decent job at cutting some of the noise out. I have not had it up to very high volumes yet, but it has plent of headroom for a 50 watt amp.
This amp is not programmable or anything, it is a simple tube amp. It does take some fiddling to get a decent sound out of the amp, but really no more or no less than it would with any other amp. Ease of Use overall is pretty straightforward. Any questions and you can consult the well-written manual.
This amp is seemingly built like a tank. It is very reliable and I have had no problems with it. If I was touring with my band I wouldn't need to bring a backup. Re-tubed no more or no less often than any other amp.
Chose this amp because I just loved the sound. I've played through Carvins, Fenders, Peaveys, Crates, most of the 'major' brands, and this is the best I've heard. I have yet to try some more more 'unique' amps, such as matchless, buddah, etc., but it sounds better than what I've played.
If I had to do it again, I might look for a smaller (30W) or less, as I am almost always using my power attenuator with this thing (And that's not for home; most of the places I play are small, or else the amp is mic'd anyway.)
Price: $950.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Boogie store in hollywood, ca
2 channels - gain, bass, treb, mid, presence, reverb, volume on both channels (gain on rhy. channel has a boost feature - gives you a little more gain.) 5 band graphic EQ, master volume. Has slave out, recording out, mixable effects loop, and speaker defeat switch. 50 LOUD watts. 2 x 6L6, 6 preamp tubes (12AX7, I assume), 3 speaker jacks. Channels and EQ are footswitchable.
Great sound! Since owning this amp, I have stopped using all of my effects pedals except for my VOX wah pedal. I just love the sound of the amp alone. It can be used for really any style that utilizes an electric guitar. The clean tones are great; I like them better than my old Fender Twin Reverb, and the overdrive is excellent. I use a THD hot plate power attenuator with it, because I often want to get crunchy, but not too loud. I don't really use all the gain available in the lead channel, though. Usually the rhythm with boost engaged is more than enough distortion for what I need. I'm not a metalhead, so I really only use the lead channel for those screaming pop ballad solos.
I have a small comlaint about the effects loop, though, as it changes the sound of the amp, even when the only effect in the loop is an instrument cable! However, I usually play dry anyway, so this doesn't bother me too much.
Fairly easy to use. Some say you need to play with it to get a good sound, but I've found that as long as the bass control is set fairly low, I'm really satisfied with just about anything else.