Hi everybody, A few months ago, after blowing out my B2RE, for the third time (I seriously think that amp is haunted), I remembered that my friend's father had a vintage SVT in his garage. I remembered this because I had asked to buy it from him over a decade ago, and he had insisted he was going to fix it up at some point. Ten, twelve years later, I asked him again, and to my surprise he agreed to sell the amp to me. It was in truly miserable shape- having been left in a garage for twenty years, and at one point having been used alternately as a doorstop, and to prop up a rainwater collection bucket. Nonetheless I was excited- if my amp guy could fix it up, I'd have the holy grail of rock amps, right? At least, that's what I had hoped. After two-hundred bucks for new 6550s, and another two-hundred for miscellaneous caps, pots, labor, and the like, I was finally ready to hear what this thing sounded like. I know this is sacrilege to say, but it just didn't sound that great! I tried playing through an Ampeg 610HLF, as well as a Marshall VBC412, and in both cases, the amp sounded extremely loud, but almost in a way that I couldn't hear. I kept turning up, hoping to find a flatter response, but it just wasn't there. It's difficult to explain- adjusting the various rocker switches and tone knobs produces a sound that went from muffled and deafening to ice picky and deafening, but with very little else. In the case of the former, it was almost like a stack of pillows was in front of the amp. In the case of the latter, it was like a guy sitting on those pillows and poking you in the face with a kitchen knife. I realize this must sound crazy, but is this just the nature of the beast? I'm perfectly happy to accept that this is just how they sound, and it either works or it doesn't. I'm just surprised- I guess I was expecting some revelatory experience with angels and trumpets. Any thoughts?