My main amp is a Shiva, but I got tired of hauling it to band practice every week, so I wanted to just leave it where we practice and get a small amp for home that would be in the camp as the Shiva sonically. I played a Soldano Astroverb which was OK, but I really wanted a channel switcher. I considered a Budda and some others, but aside from Guitar Center there's not a lot of places locally to try different botique amps. Spec-wise, the BV looked to be exactly what I wanted, but since there aren't any dealers locally, I took the plunge and ordered one from Wild West Guitars (I got the one with black tolex as I'm not a huge fan of the blue velvet). I've only had the amp about a week, but so far I'm THRILLED. It's somewhat dark and pretty mid-rangey, but so is my Shiva so it's very comparable. It does, however, have more gain than the Shiva which is a pleasant suprise since I have to use an OD pedal to push the Shiva. I personally like the clean channel, but I've heard others say they didn't think it was great. It's dark and can be pushed to break up pretty easily, but can also be pretty clean. The dirty channel is a lead players dream! It seems effortless to play leads and really sings. It makes me want to just play lead lines all day! When using the dirty channel for rhythm, I like to use the mid cut switch, but for leads I use the mid boost. I'm very pleased so far with this amp. This weekend I'm going to connect my GT8 (4 cable method) to hear how it'll sound with some compression and delay, and perhaps EQ it a bit. Perhaps I'll get around to recording some clips if anyone is interested. I'm actually so pleased so far with this amp that I've considered getting the 50 watt head version! But let me get through the honeymoon phase first and see how I feel. To anyone considering it though, I'd say DEFINATELY give it a shot... great amp with lots of features. One other thing I wanted to mention was that I'm suprised so many turn up on ebay. But as I said, I've only had it about a week so maybe I'll feel differently in a few weeks, but somehow I doubt it!