Yesterday, 45 minutes before service, my approximately 6 week old Ampeg PF 800 peed the bed. The DI shorted, making a horrific racket. Fortunately I ran to the house, grabbed my Reiner and was back in business. This was especially discouraging to me. The Ampeg was literally unpacked from the box, set up in the church and has not moved since. I have tested a lot of amps in the last three years. I experienced three failures, all within 90 days of being new. So no one thinks I am picking on Ampeg, there others are as follows: Carvin BX500 - Not a single problem until unit was sold. Arrived at buys dead. Had to send the unit back to Carvin. Bad amp. Amp was replaced. Hartke Kilo - Died 60 days in. Tech never told me what was wrong with it, they just sent me a brand new one...........after 13 weeks. Ampeg PF800 - Shorted DI. 6 weeks old. Now lets address all the common TB responses. First, Please don't say that these are all exremely rare circumstances. I don't care about math. I don't care about percentages. All I care about is that MY amp works every single time that I flip the power switch. Next up, I baby all of my gear. Anyone that knows me will vouch for the fact that gigging or not, all my gear looks as knew. We all spend a lot of money on gear. I want it to last as long as possible. I am not buying that I have bad luck, nor do I believe that I have a local problem. In each case, they were at different places, with different cabs, cords, power, etc. I buy right watts-wise to ensure that gear is never pushed beyond its reasonable/common sense working capacity. To summarize, I haven't dimed a head since I was 16 years old. Speaking with a friend that gigs regularly in Nashville, he said that he has heard musicians brag about getting a WHOLE YEAR out of new gear. Even the local guys are buying 2 amps at a time. It seems to me that big box amp builders have cut one too many corners. Between sub-standard components and measuring solder use in micro grams, I have to wonder how much worse can it get. And we as consumers continue to tolerate it. The accounting squints keep beating up the engineering/spec folks to find ways to save money. It's insane. It seems that companies now build in an acceptable failure rate by percentage. Now I'm an older guy, blessed with a great job and few bucks in my pocket. So I will survive this latest escapade. But what about the poor guy with a couple of kids that saves his money to buy the best amp that he can afford, and then has to wait weeks or months for repair or replacement? And I have to wonder why companies don't do more to protect their reputations. If a piece of gear fails on me in the first 90 days, its gone. Further, I wont chance using anything from that manufacturer again. I don't want to say prayers every single time I turn my gear on. It's ridiculous. Now I know that a bunch of people are going to jump on here and tell me that they have had their BX500's, and their Kilos, and their PF800's for 25 years and they work flawlessly dimed at 2 ohms, in temperatures ranging from absolute zero to 145 degrees F, down at the beach, eating sea spray in 50 MPH headwinds. And I'm happy for you. I really am. You received the product that you paid for ! So have I have to ask, have we all become so accepting that this is new norm ?