so not too long ago, madison was kind enough to let me take his carmen ghia off of his hands. for this i'll be grateful a very long time! i've used it at two gigs now and tonight had tone that i've only heard in my head before now! i've paired it with the now famous avatar V30/H30 cab. the speakers are finally starting to loosen up, so that's helping. when i got it from madison, it had a jan12ax7 in v1, 5751 in the pi, grade 6 GT el84s, and a 5V4G rectifier. sounded great right away, but was actually a bit loud when i got the breakup i wanted. sooo.... after doing some testing, i've stayed with the JAN in V1. this tube is just incredibly strong and musical, and i'm hoping will last me a while, because i'm going to need to find more. i played with the PI a ton, and actually ended up with a JJ ECC83S graded for higain in there. some of you may be coughing at the thought of a really strong 12ax7 in the pi, but for me it's nothing but good things. i also got some new JJ el84s that were graded for early breakup and changed the rectifier to a mazda 5Y3. i know this isn't a traditional ghia setup, but it's giving me the tone i want and in spades! i'm discovering that this setup really wants to be fed single coils/p90s. buckers sound fine, but the singles just make it sing. you'll have to pry my hotrodded yamaha pacifica out of my cold dead hands! (put a kent armstrong p90 in the bridge, and a splittable duncan jazz in the neck and left the stock single in the middle, in addition to the color changing/sparkle paint job). board consists of korg dt-10 tuner, morley little gator volume pedal (now my "channel switcher" - i jump around too much to be accurate with the volume knob on the guitar, so this is working really really well) dano chicken salad vibrato (AWESOME leslie type effect, just need it rehoused) stock boss bd-2 for solo boost, and digitech digidelay (analog setting) for when i need that fun stuff. what i know is this, my as73 artcore is getting some new p90s (phat cats or KA's again) and i NEED a tele-sonic with the dearmond 2k singles! i'll be in tonal nirvana. just felt like sharing. thanks again madison, i think i'm a Z guy for life now!