Received my new Bogner Duende 30 last wednesday, and I've been waiting until I've at least taken it to practice and or gig to make my initial review. This weekend I got the chance to take it to both. Initial impression was that I was very impressed with the clean channel. I play with a heavy handed drummer, and the clean stayed clear when dialed at higher settings (gain at noon, volume at 2-3 o'clock). The tone shaping controls are just treble and bass on the clean channel (channel a.) with another master eq called "Air" and "Body" that controls both the gain (channel b.) and channel a. This is the simplest tone controls I've ever had, but surprisingly works very well. So far I'm not missing the mids control at all, as it's easy to dial the sounds I'm looking for with these two sets of treble and bass controls. I'm not really sure what to compare the clean sound on the Duende, as it's got its own vibe going on, but it's an amazing clean sound. With the bright switch pulled on the channel a. you can get a very Fenderish tone out of it. The reverb is lush and on the high settings, it's easy to get that surfer rock sound going on.. although I don't really play that genre.. but if you do, then it's available on tap in this amp. Another feature that the Duende has is a built in tremolo that is footswitchable. Now I've never been a tremolo player, but the tremolo on the Duende is really good. It doesn't color your tone or mess with your levels at all.. no matter how high you set the depth on this thing. I found myself starting to write songs that involve the tremolo a lot now. It's very inspiring and musical, and I'm beginning to be a fan of this effect. Now onto the gain channel. My experience with Bogner's gain sound is limited, as I've only played a Shiva before the Duende, but to me.. the Duende is a more open sounding gain than the Shiva. It's a bit less gain, but it's also not compressed like the Shiva. It's definitely its own vibe. I was worried at first that the Duende might not have enough gain for me, as I sometimes like to play harder rock, but when I initially turned it up at practice, my concerns quickly disappeared. It's not as high gain as I'm used to, but it works well. The sound stays clear and articulate even on higher settings, and it's very touch sensitive. It's very dynamic in that it gives back what you intended it to do.. Play hard and the gain gets mean.. play softer and it calms down and you get a cleaner gain with some grit. The Gain channel also has a pull boost which gives you a bit more saturation for lead playing. I wish that this feature was footswitchable.. Maybe later on, I can get the channel combine switch modded to engage the boost instead.. Oh yea, this thing has a cool clean+gain channel combination feature. It basically sends out the two signals in parallel for a 3D like sound. I found myself using this on certain parts of a song, like on a chorus to make it fuller. I haven't yet fully messed around with various settings for this pseudo third channel, so that's all I can comment about it for now. I'm not a fan of the Celestion Vintage 30, but it actually sounds nice in this combo. I still can't get over that mid-range spike that this speaker is known for, so I'll likely swap it for something similar, but with less emphasis on the high-mids (anyone have recommendations?). My previous amps that I've owned before the Duende were the Fender Blues Jr., Egnater Rebel 30, and Mesa 5:25. The Duende is hands down, the best amp out of these.. of course it is also the most expensive, but if you're looking for a great sounding, fairly light weight, combo that sounds big, full, and can cover Fender to Marshall like sounds.. get this and your search will be over.