I know this crowd isn't that interested in $199 Solid State Crate amps, but I tried one today and I'm suprised to say it sounded damn good. Good enough that I bought one to take it home and compare it to my high-end and vintage amps. It has a clean sound that is first rate - not first rate for a cheap amp - as good as many high-end amps. using a 4x12 cab, I compared it to my 68 Twin Reverb with JBL's, my 66 Super Reverb, vintage Marshalls, a Vetta, and others. It still sounded great in that company. It has about as much gain available as a JCM-800, and it seems to take the pedals I tried it with quite well. I really like its sound with just a little bit of grit too. However, when the gain is turned up really high, I think is starts to sound a bit harsh and crude. Its voicing is fenderish for the cleans and low gain sounds and morphs into Mesa Rectifier voicing for the medium gain sounds - huge amounts of bass and rather unrefined. My VHT PB 45 kicked it's butt in this category. Nevertheless it is remarkable for how light, small and inexpensive it is. I think its a great back-up amp, and has alot of potential for clean and low-gain applications.