It's too much amp for me. I know the general opinion here is the shiva's master volume is very good, but I find channel 2 to be quite dull and compressed (in a bad way) at lower volumes (el34 ported combo w/reverb). If I were a giggin' man, this amp is nearly perfect for me. It has a monster sound (both channels-higher volumes), seems built like a tank, adjustable boost, etc. To keep this short, I need suggestions for an amp. NEEDS: -GREAT cleans ( I prefer bold, SRV-type cleans) -a pure sounding overdrive sound capable of VH levels, but not fuzzy or buzzy -FX loop -must sound great at reasonable volumes -must be capable of keeping up with a drummer for occasional jams -budget of $3,000 Thanks for taking the time to read this! Keeping in mind that I don't need channel switching, prefer heads over combos, and mostly play SRV, AC/DC, VH, type SHTUFF, What's gonna deliver for me?