Hi there, After reading as much as I could about amps, and pricing the "names", I've come to the conclusion that at the moment, I just cannot afford to buy one. Now, it occurs to me that I can build my own, there are enough design schematics out there to reproduce just about any amp I want. Given enough time and the proper parts, I could build my own Fender, Crate, or Mesa copy, couldn't I? Would it be as expensive as off the shelf? Here's the stupid question: why is good gear so damned expensive?? I can understand there would be a difference in parts quality, eg a 5% tolerance resistor might be cheaper than a 2% tolerance, etc. I can also understand there would be labour issues involved but £300.00 for a cab that is essentially 3/4 inch plywood and a speaker?? £600 for an amp head?? Is it simply what the market will bear, supply and demand and all that? Or is there something unique about how an amp is constructed, or the quality of the parts that justifies this price. Don't they use the same parts we can all buy off the shelf? (it isn't Mil spec by any chance, is it? THAT would explain everything.) Don't get me wrong. I play, and I'm fairly good at it...just that no one can hear me.