OK I won't bore you with my story all over again but I will tell you that this is the 9th amp I have owned in the last 4 years and why I didn't just buy the holy grail to start....wait it was price. So I finally got a great deal and well this thing is beautiful. Seriously you open it up and it is pretty. I plug it in and it is silent, other then the fan noise it is quiet. Nice! The sound is, well awesome can't explain it but I bought my first bass amp in 1974, it was an Acoustic 370 and it was displayed right next to the "old technology" Ampeg with all tubes. The Acoustic had the cool graphic equalizer which was a first at the time. That was a big mistake, wish I would have just bought the Ampeg then and I would have had all these years of awesome sound. I am one happy guy! Oh yeah and on a different subject you can see from my photo's I use a mixed cab setup. I know it seems to be frowned upon here at TB but I like the sound.