I am gonna chime in here and say...to the chagrin of XTC owners everywhere, that I borrowed my buddys XTC because I thought for sure it would be the ultimate amp for me. After a week or so of tweaking around with it I can say it's too much money and didn't live up to it's hype for me. I am glad I got try one out before buying. I have been on the earch for my "ultimate" amp about 6 years now. I have tried or owned: Soldano, Marshall, Bogner, Aiken, VHT, Fender Peters, Roccaforte, Voodoo, ToneKing, Two-Rock, Bludotone, Fuchs, Fargen, Naylor, Gries, Dr.Z, Carr, Rivera, Ceriatone, etc, etc. Sadly, "close enough" to your ideal tone might be all you can do...at least that's how I'm feeling.