I have a few questions on the newer Ashdown MAG series combos. I am specfically interested in the 1x15. 1) Ashdowns website claims these things are rated at 300 plus watts, yet is says they have speaker out jacks. So it that 300 watts with the onboard speaker/tweeter configuration, or only 300 watts with the extension speaker? Ashdowns website is a little ambiguous from what I can see. 2) What kinds of sound can I expect from these things? I play metal and hard rock, will they cut it? My other choice is a Hartke 3500 with a 115 cab from Avatar. I've owned the 3500 before and I love that amp, but I can save considerable cash by going with the Asdown combo, but it's not worth it if I can't get any similar sounds out of it. I also heed to hang with a guitarist who plays a Marshall Valvestate (not tube) 100 watt stack, which I know the Hartke can do. Not sure about these Ashdowns. 3) Reliability. Anyone been using any of these for a while? As I understand, they are kinda new. (?) The only Ashdown dealer around here is kinda spotty. He is a great guy, but his shop is more oriented in dealing with vintage basses and his attention is not really devoted to amps and such. It seems like it would be a big hassel if this thing broke down a lot. 4) This final issue is one of my biggest hangups. As I understand, these things are made in China. I read I thread last night from back in Feb that talked about Behringer and some of the things they do. I have mixed emotions about this whole side of things. I know Ashdown is a solid company, but I can't help letting political opinions sway my decision a bit here. So if anyone can help me sort this out, thanks in advance. It looks like this forum has been re-vamped since I was last here a few months ago. Is that so, or am I remembering wrong? Looks good, in any event. I especially like this guy: Looks like me at work.