seeing as how I've owned it for over a month and I've had a chance to play it for awhile..... FIRST OFF - NO, I don't work for Krank and am in no way affiliated with Krank, so don't even think that this is in any way a fake review. If you want to confirm this, call Easy Music Center in Honolulu and ask if someone bought the silver Revolution half stack recently. Regarding the fake reviews Krank posted on HC..... yeah, I agree that's bullsh!t, but c'mon, do you REALLY want to spend money based on someone else's review? Okay, enough rant. A little about me since I'm sure none of you here (with the exception of Guitar Diner guys) knows who I am...... I am a primarily rock guitar player, though I write in many different styles. I won Runner's Up in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition in 2003. I've also played in a bunch of cover bands here in Honolulu, most notably Giant Wheel Throw and Joe Rock Star. I'm currently working on some originals which sound like classic thrash meets death metal songs. But my influences are all over the map and include jazz, country, blues, ska and electronica artists as well as the typical classic rock guys and Shrapnel type shredders. Anyway, about the Krank..... there's a myth about this amp that it sounds very "solid state". What does that mean anyway? I've owned a few tube amps, and in no way do I describe the Krank as "solid state" sounding. My perception is that a bunch of people on the internet know of Krank's association with Dimebag, a former fan of solid state amps, and that's what they're basing this assessment on. When I think of a good tube amp tone, I'm thinking Soundgarden's "Fell On Black Days" or any old AC/DC or even "Jealous Again" by the Black Crowes. I currently also own a Bogner Ecstasy 101B, a Marshall DSL50, a Mesa Dual Rectifier solo head and a blackface Fender Showman. In the past I've owned a Roland JC-120 head (now THAT'S a solid state tone), Mesa Mark III combo, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Peavey Classic 120 and an ADA MP-1/MC rack system. The Krank does a great glassy tube tone at all gain settings. To me, solid state tone is Andy Summers or Allan Holdsworth. The clean tone. Well, let's see here. It's not the best clean sound of any high gain amp. Of all the high gain heads that I've heard, that award would have to go to the Marshall DSL50, which is, to me, as good a clean tone as the Fender Showman (the benchmark IMO). But, the clean sound on the Krank gets close, points off for less flexibility in terms of tone controls for the Krank. But in all fairness to the Krank, it doesn't share tone controls with the gain channel like the DSL50 does. Now for the Krank channel. I think the reason so many people hate it is because they don't know the secret, which is to really drop down the presence to just about 0. With that, and the treble at, say, 1:00, and the gain cranked, it flat out rocks. Anything above there and I can see why there are complaints about buzziness and maybe again the perception of solid state-ness. The gain doesn't give you the total fluid lead sound like the Bogner Ecstasy or the old ADA MP-1, but what you lack in fluidity more than gets made up for with clarity, bite, and tight low end. I think that's why it's popular with bands like Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy and the like. And part of the advantage of that too is that your guitars all sound very unique. A bad guitar will just sound bad! Unlike the Ecstasy, which imparts it's own tone on any guitar. Hell, with the Ecstasy, I have no problems switching from my Tele to my Les Paul, because the gain sounds don't vary that much from guitar to guitar. But with the Krank, it's the first amp where I've heard guitars sound drastically different, even through high gain. This is what turned me off to my Parker (which sounds incredible through the Ecstasy but kinda bad through the Krank). Don't get me wrong, I would never sell my Ecstasy, but the Krank just does things so differently and it's so complementary to the Bogner. What surprised me with the Krank are the lower gain tones on the Krank channel. You still have bite and attack when you want it, but then there is this compressed sustain that you get that I've never heard from a tube amp before. It's almost like the amp is super Kranked and you're getting the power of feedback for sustain, even when the amp is only like at 3. I love tones like Larry Carlton's from his first album and the Steely Dan stuff, and while it's not quite the same, the Krank can get in there as well. The Krank also takes my TS-10 very nicely too, giving a nice smooth lead sound. I suppose it wouldn't be a fair review without some complaints. I guess the first thing is, whereas my other amps sound great at relatively low (kids sleeping upstairs) volumes, the Krank sounds like crap when it's really soft. No switches for the effects loop is a minus too. Otherwise, what can I say? I think it's a great amp. I've done some recording with it already (with a Sennheiser E609 on the grill) and it sounds great. Panned hard with my Ecstasy it's awesome. Anyway, I just thought I'd offer some comments from a real owner, who has some other tube heads to directly compare it with. Alright, let the flames begin!!!!