My Blues Custom arrived yesterday in a standard-issue chinese cardboard box with no padding inside. Having read so many recent horror stories about boutique amps being decimated while in shipment, I had prepared myself for the worst, but my concern was unwarranted. After examining the exterior of the amp closely I was impressed by the squeaky clean construction--flawless is the appropriate term for describing the build. I really like the handle, which is wider than usual and made of a thick, doubled leather strap looped through two brackets that are attached with wood screws. Weighing in at a hefty 69 lbs, the wide strap makes carrying the amp with both hands easy and comfortable. The tolex is smooth, with tight fitting corners--it even smells good. I laid down on the floor with a flashlight and had a look inside, which was equally impressive. The opening in the back is covered by a heavy-duty steel grill, concealing behind it the two brightly colored 12" Eminence Lady Luck speakers. The two 5881 power tubes are Sovteks, and I'm not sure about the others. The two most impressive features inside are the shields that cover all five of the preamp tubes, and the size of the trannies--they are huge, about twice the size of those in my DSL50. I'll post again in a few days with a tone report.