I just returned from spending a couple of hours at the amp show. Didn't check out everything by a long shot, but here are some of my impressions from what I saw and heard (note I did not look at any of the larger amps there so my refelctions are only relate to combos): 1. Best in Show: VVT (Vintage Vacuum Tube Amps -www.vvtamps.com). One amp in particuar here - a combo retailing for $3500 I'm told - was simply spectacular. Oddly, the amp's not on the company's website. Jim, the owner, was bright, knowledgeable, and friendly as well. 2. Best priced combo - Valvetech's "The Amp" (http://valvetechamps.com/theamp.htm) Super little amp and priced really competitively at under $1200. Rob is another owner/builder who seems like a great guy to do business with. 3. Back to basics: Port City Amps "12". Volume, tone, and excellent sound only. Slightly over $900 in combo form. http://www.portcityamps.com/twelve.html 4. Most overpriced amp: Fender's '57 Amp (MSRP $4000 - http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=8150600000). Looks cool and sounded pretty good but for that money should come with a reissue '57 Strat and a night at the Plaza Hotel. 5. Most disappointing (tie): a) Industrial Amps - (www.industrialamps.com) I am one of the few who have one of these. I really like my amp (mine's an Overdrive 15) and don't know of anything like it that is appreciably better. I would love to see the company succeed. But there was little traffic to the room. It's a shame they didn't have players and or fanatical boutique builders on hand to promote their goods and help bring attendees in for a test drive. b) Goodsell Amps - I really wanted to check one of their amps out. Walked passed their room and saw a picture of a stunning blond on the door, enticing me further. But the door was closed. And was closed the two other times I stopped by to check out their goods. This all in the prime 11-1:30 time slot in the middle of the show. Too bad. 6. A little something extra award: The display in the entrance from www.gzguitars.com. These are basically one-of-a-kind hand painted and finished Fenders (for the most part). Really nice to look at and pricing was suprisingly decent. Other impressions?