Come to think of it, I finally played a Marshall . . . period! I've been playing 25 years and never played a Marshall. Anyway, a buddy has the reissue 1974x, and he offered to loan it to me for the weekend. I played for about an hour this afternoon with my Strat. Wow! Great, thick sound! I was surprised how much high end it has---well, too much, really with the Strat. I kept the amp's tone knob below 3 or it would get harsh. The trem really pulses and throbs. It didn't really like my TS pedals as much as I thought it might --- both a Maxon OD9 and a Silver Analogman --- they made it sound a bit hollow. But really, who needs a TS with this thing? I did use my Ross compressor clone and sometimes either verb or delay---and it was awesome. I may have to sell my tweed Deluxe clone and get a nice 1974x kit so I can mix my two favorite activities ( . . . . burning myself with a soldering iron and swearing).