Wanted to get a good fender tube amp. A/Bd every fender tube over $500 at guitar center. They all sounded nice with moderate differences but I wasnt really blown away. The last one I plugged into was a new 59 baseman LTD reissue. All I can say is believe the good reviews on this, disregard the bad. This thing the most clear responsive amp I have ever heard. Played it against everything else in guitar center as well (they had some nice stuff in there). It won hands down against all comers. My main guitar is an all-original 58Gibson ES 125 with a one p-90 (unbelievable guitar) and a stock Strat. Both jumped out of the amp like nothing else. It was really quite amazing how much better this thing sounded than everything else. I know there are great boutique amps there but for what this thing is - it is unbelievable. Been playing 35 years jazz and blues. My question is there is one on the floor which I played through and I know I love, but who knows what it has been through, its been on the floor for about three months (so Im told) or I can order a new one in a box which has been through nothing but dont know if it will sound as good. Any comments?