Took it home and it's pretty dark and muffled sounding to me. For $150 bucks what the hell, it sounds ok - decent grind in there. Though I usually just like a little bit of grind. But I wouldn't mind having a nice sounding el84 amp in the house. I'm thinking an eq pedal might help. But before I trade this for a decent pedal or something, I'd like to see if a speaker and or tube swap might open it up some and make it a nice grab n' go. Anybody have good luck swapping preamp or power amp tubes, speaker swap etc? thanks!!