I acquired this about a week ago, and sadly will not be able to really jam or gig with it for a while as I just had surgery. That being said, I have only heard this setup in my bedroom, though I am usually not afraid to turn it up. Originally, I had the Schroeder paired with an Ampeg SVT classic. I decided the bottom end was far too loose for my liking so I decided to give the Kustom a chance. The second I plugged in with all the settings flat, I knew I had made a wise decision. Comparing the Kustom to an actual tube head, I can safely say the Kustom does hace a tube-ish sound to it, but extremely tight on all four strings. Also, with the volume and gain at less than half way up, I am afraid to go any louder for fear of loosing control of my bowels. I like the sound so much with the settings flat, I have not had much deisre to experiment with the graphic EQ. I'll get to that when I get bored enough, but for now I am happy with the flexibility the three band EQ gives me along with the switches. On a side note, all the knobs and switches feel indestructible and I am very pleased with the solid feel of the head. The pedal feels a little cheap as I have a randall footswitch for a guitar amp that feels about twice as heavy and sturdy. The mute function on it will be extremely useful once I start gigging, but I don't know how often I'll use the boost except when my guitarist solos (probably what it is meant for). As far as the cabinet is concerned, I can tell it colors my sound a bit, but it sounds very musical and cuts through well when I play along with a cd (I have not had a chance to try it in an actual band setting). The cabinet sounds much different than what I expected from a 2x12. I can hear it a few feet away but it really comes together as you get further away. In fact, the sound carries through my house quite well and can be heard pretty well outside. I would almost call the sound I get as dark, but the head has plenty of mids to balance that out. I have no concerns about this setup being able to stand up to any bands I have jammed with in the past. I don't imagine I will need anything more until I start playing huge venues, but I will probably buy a 1210 for fun if I ever have enough money. I'm not sure how useful these comments are, but I'm pretty happy with my setup so I felt like writing about it a bit. Thanks to everyone here who recommended the Kustom (Quadzilla comes to mind) and for everyone who commented on the Schroeders. Let me know if anyone has any questions I could help with.