NEW AMP ALERT!!!!!!!! Hello my fellow Gearpageonauts. I am the arrogantly proud owner Lunchbox #324. Here's a photo of the amp on the day of arrival: No doubt as to what's inside! Here's the disclaimer everyone's talked about with the reverb: So anyway... how big is the Lunchbox? Let's compare! Here we are next to my beloved Pignose 7-100: And here we are next to the big brother of the family -- a Peavey Delta Blues 115! Note Kurosawa's Seven Samurai DVD joining in on the size action: And finally... to answer the question that everyone has been dying to know... is the ZT Lunchbox really the size of a lunchbox? I went down to the local comic book store to find out: Ta da! So now that we have all that out of the way, how does this amp perform? On its own, the amp is deceptively loud. The first night I had the amp, I trying it out with the reverb at zero, tone at 50%, volume at 25% and gain at 50%. The amp was sitting on a table next to me and after 15 or 20 minutes, I noticed my ear was starting to hurt. So -- not a good idea to play with this thing near your head. Next I tried it out with everything maxed out! In my experience, it's hard for any amp to sound good when maxed out... the Lunchbox is no exception. Plus, my beautiful wife said some thing in Korean that didn't sound too happy. So, I turned the volume back down to a modest level (~25%). As the tag in the photo explains, the reverb is not a traditional reverb. The manual says to think of it as the sound of a small amp in a bathroom... and that's pretty much spot on. Turned to 25% (my favorite setting) there's a slight hint of reverb. At 50% it's much more noticeable... and at 75% - well, it sounds like 50%. 100% sounds a little more pronounced... but nothing drastic. The amp does clean tones beautifully. With the gain turned up, you get a nice overdriven sound that (I think) is very good. Keeping the volume at 25%, gain at 90% and reverb at 75% - I found the amp nailed a fantastic early 60s sounding blown amp tone. A lot of fun and quite usable for certain styles. Still, I prefer to run the gain at 50% and use pedals for dirtier tones. Next, I tried out the headphone jack. When plugged in, the signal to the headphone is hard to hear unless you turn the speaker off (via small toggle switch in the back). I'm not sure about this... but I think there's a safety function with the headphone jack in that you can turn the volume up on the jack without blowing your eardrums. I think (again, not sure) the volume is cut significantly to the headphone jack to prevent ear drums and headphones from being blown. Don't get me wrong, you can turn the gain and volume up on the master control as well as the headphone volume... but the ratio of signal to the speaker v. the headphones is dramatically reduced. Last weekend (as I noted in another ZT Lunchbox thread) I plugged a 2x12 cab into the Lunchbox (via a proper speaker cable). Again, I switched the Lunchbox speaker off to let all the signal go to the 2x12. At one point, I had the volume and gain set to about 50% and I swear... I could feel my bones rattling. It was THAT stinking massive. Obviously, the lower end on this amp (as it stands) is not prominent. But when the signal is pushed through a 2x12 (I think it was equipped with Man O Wars) the lower end was there in spades. Very full sounding tone. And then tonight, I tried out the axillary input as well as running my guitar through the normal input. Was very surprised to notice the balance between the two signals. One signal does not fight the other and when one is plugged in... hence, both signals remains at your set level. You want video proof? Okay, you got it right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdAbc_n6UPc Upcoming adventures: Amp shootout Testing with a 2x12 cab Pedal testing Then, hitting the road around Houston and try the amp against real musicians with more expensive gear.