I've accepted the fact that my Sonic I will distort if pushed past 3... but I love how it sounds clean. It's so pushy and clean, it's the sound I'm looking for... but it's not loud enough!!! Is there any way (For the love of God cheap!!!) for me to use the Sonic I, in combination with something, to give it more VOLUME. I'm already considering selling it and looking for something SOLID STATE just to avoid the confusion!! But if I could use my Sonic I for loud performance WITHOUT distortion, I would love it. It doesn't allow much dynamic control to be distorted all the time. Also, a generic question: Where can I find more information about tubes... What tube is right? What tubes do? How I know when tubes are too old? Etc. Because someone told me Sonic I's can eat up tubes pretty bad.