I gigged a Trip-r for about a year. I know it is supposed to be the "rock" amp but it had one of the nicest sounding and feeling clean channels I have ever played. Overall, the amp is a bit compressed so perhaps not ideal if you are into chugga chugga death metal but for anything up to 80s metal, it is a quite the amp. My only criticisms about the amp were that the input gain was shared by both channels so it was difficult to set the clean and mean sides up ideally for live switching and the amp had too much of a Marshally low end response. I was looking for something a bit more dumbly sounding. Eventually I was talking to Alan about my two issues and he offered to upgrade the amp to a Tucana 3r. He told me it would solve my issues and he was absolutely right. I love my Tuc and wouldn't dream of getting rid of it for anything else out there. As for Alan, he always went above and beyond for me, even on a redesigned foot controller I requested. I have nothing but good things to say about Alan and his amps and I wish him well on his future endeavors.