I'm usually not into old-school tones but those amp models I heard had a tone that I think I could utilize! Don't get me wrong, I really like Jamerson's and Osborne's tone but it's not what I usually strive for myself. Pretty cool though that you can get those tones. Who knows, in another 5 years I might be wanting the Ampeg tones and I would have a starting point right at my hands without buying another amp. The screen failure you had exactly sums up my fears. I think I'll probably take a chance with this amp but I sure wish these things had the old 5-year warranty.