This Carvin was my first foray into tube amps and I think it's a fine amp (from my limited perspective). Has some great clean sounds and is very loud. Past 1 or 2 on the volume and it's overpowering for me. I try to record tracks for my teacher and end distracted by the overwhelm. k Feels like too much power for my playing ability. I do like clean and don't like wild OD or distortion. Love the sounds of Carlton, Ford, EC...Have played with different pedals. Right now a Timmy a Dude and a Gain Changer on the way. These are the most recent in a chain cha cha changes. I've tried every combination of settings I can find but still can't seem to find what I'm looking for. I either end up with a darker sound (not that I dislike dark) or a sound that is too bright and/or overwhelming especially from the 10th fret up. I want either a little breakup or edge and a clean that doesn't blow me out of the house. The Timmy and Dude come close but I can't get past the overwhelm of the amps power. Have been questioning whether I just need a lower watt amp. Any thoughts? Suggestions? I couldn't afford an expensive amp if that's the answer (maybe 5-600) and am a bit tired of trying to find the right settings. Hope this is clear!