This stuck out to me, just wanted to offer my .2 cents. I say buy the big guy now, don't regret it later. With amps in particular - I'll never go back to the "cheap" guys. I A/B'ed a number of amps last night with a bud, my Matchless was absolutely worth twice the value in my opinion. Guitars are a different story, there are some CHEAP gems out there. I don't tend to feel this way about amps.