So a few weeks back I gave Cat 5 a call and spoke with Don, who is a member on here btw. I first heard of Cat 5 amps as Joe Bonamassa plays them. One thing I REALLY like about them is that aportion of their sales go towards school funding and good charity-type organizations, so big plus there! I was basically interested in one their upcoming Jubilee style amps which are still being designed as I understand. Don was so cool to speak with and down-to-Earth, didn't have that "attitude" like a few of the makers seem to I have spoken with. We talked abous various aspects of gear and playing styles, etc. In the midst of it all, he mentioned a new model they have out called the Allen. Joe just ordered a 100w version of it I guess. So Don sent me out the 50w prototype to demo! Whoo hoo! Basically said it was a Fender meets Marshall amp with power dampening. A few weeks later the demo amp arrived in the flight case so I plugged her in. Cosmetically, just great. A shorter stout looking amp and they was superbly built. I first tried the cleans, whoa, he said Fender and that's what I got! Nice full, fat, and sparkling typical Fedner cleans. Crank the clena channel and it goes into a nice controllable pushed tone very nicely, hit this with a boost or OD of choice and you are there. Now came the gain channel. Wasn't sure what to expect, but here's what I heard...straight up Marshall plexi-liek tones...without that annoying high-end fizz everyone (well most everyone) trys to always dial out. At lower gains I also heard some pissed-off tweed Bassman tones happening. Crank the gain up and it goes into heavier saturation, I wouldn't call it JCM800 type of tone or a super hot plexi, but very useable and nice. Some aspects ont he gain range sounded like a hot plexi and some sounded like a cross between a hot modded 800 and plexi...all without that fizz I hate! Thickened up nicely. I play loud usually, run my Soldanos around 7 on the master usually and my 50w Marshall at 9 on both channels jumpered. What I did notice, heh, use that dampening (on the back) and it did what it was supposed to do! kept great tones and backed the volume way down. I like it, would be great for you guys with that concern. Works better than any attenuator I have owned too. My overall impression fo the amp was, wow, someone actually did what they said they were going to build...good Fender meets Marshall in one amp w/o all that extra BS. One thing to note, the amp seemed smoother than most straight up Marshall amps, which depending on your likes can be great or not. If you ever wanted a true "two amps in one" with some refinements and the added value of a dapening sytem that works, this amp might be right up your alley! I spoke with Don some more as I had the amp, he said the 100w one seemed like a whole other amp, I think that would be more in my realm. I'd love to try one their straight up Marshall amps, they would kill w/o a doubt. But I am holding out for the Jubilee style one coming hopefully by early summer per Don's notions. Need one amp to cover the two most famous designs ever, this is right up your alley guys! Guys needing a wide range of classic tones in a useable package, here it is or I see it being loved by the praise and worship crowd as well, the good old tones with that dampening. Also, weird, but as soon as I spent 5 minutes on this amp I instantly realized why Joe B. likes them, seem to be mid focused and right in-line with all his tones. So, keep an ear out for Cat 5 and get ahold of Don on here, he's alll about listening to your thoughts and wants, sure he can build you what you want! for the record, I am in no way affiliated with Category 5, just a lucky guy who got to try out one of their amps and look forward to trying a few more down the road.