After hearing a lot of sound clips and seeing the recent Tungsten Crema Wheat video with Greg V. I now have serious GAS for a 5E3 style amp. What tone! Its exactly what I have been looking for. So.......... I got a chance to borrow a friends recently made (and un-modded) Richter 5E3 with JJs and a Jensen Special Design speaker. It had a real 3D sound and wasnt boxy in the least. While the amp wasnt bad, it was very loud, almost too loud. I loved the bell-like highs and the deep bass, but it was a bit harsh and hard to control. It was buzzy at lower volumes and didnt take OD pedals very well either. This was somewhat contrary to what I have read about various 5E3 amps (Clark, Mission, Weber, etc ). So, to all you 5E3 aficionados, is this typical for a 5E3 style amp? Is there a 5E3 that is a bit smoother and good for both home as well as small venues?