After owning several of what TGPers generally refer to as the best of the Two Rocks (Opal, Type 3, 10th Anniversary and Eric Gales), I've come to the conclusion that these just aren't the amps for me. I'm not bashing Two Rocks. I love the clean channel, but I find the overdrive channel to be unusable. I think "aggressive" is a very misleading way to describe the overdrive. To my ears, it's compressed and buzzy sounding. I guess the Eric Gales was the biggest disappointment. I was really looking forward to getting it. It's the 50W tube rectified version with all the switches. Fantastic clean channel, but I'm not feeling the overdrive channel at all. I hooked up the EG to the buffered loop and 2290, but realized that I had probably sold a TR that I liked more in order to buy the EG. So, that's the depressing part. There is an upside, though. I recently acquired a Magic Dust Duo that not only has a spectacular clean channel, it does killer overdrive in spades--including the big mid, bloomy Dumble stuff. Not only that, the MDD is an amazingly deep, complex amp. I've already spent tens of hours with this amp and I'm only beginning to scratch the surface of what it has to offer. As far as I am concerned, the jury is in on this one. Red Plate walks away with it. Fantastic amp! I'm getting on the list for the Cosmic Dust combo to take to smaller gigs.