Most people love this amp, but I've heard enough people who didn't like it that I'd like to hear more. What problems did you have with it. It looks like it is built like a tank. Is the distortion good sounding and enough to get you into pure saturation without a pedal. I love the erganomics of this amp. I like that you can or can't use the master. There are just so many posibilities= boost with no master, boost and master, boost master 20 watts maxed out, no master boost 20 watts maxed out. boost 50 watts master gained out. Not sure it is a hard rock tone amp. I think it is a pop player's dream.