There's been a fair amount of discussion on the Metroplex here, but very little from people who actually own one. So Metroplex owners, what are your thoughts so far? Note: This is serial number 009, so I don't imagine there are too many people who have direct experience with this amp just yet. But perhaps Metroplex owners can add to this once a few more of them ship. Mine just arrived yesterday so I've only had an opportunity to noodle around with it for a few hours, and there's quite a few things I haven't even messed with yet. I haven't tried the loop, the 50 watt mode, or the variac mode yet. Bear in mind these are just a few quick initial impressions out of the box, so take them for what they're worth. To date, the Germino Lead55LV is my go-to amp because it's the amp that comes closest to the sound in my head and it's easy to use and consistent. Even though it's often kind of apples to oranges, I use the Lead55LV as a benchmark of sorts when discussing other amps. I play (or attempt to play) a lot of AC/DC, and I've found the Lead55LV to be the best overall amp I've tried in that capacity. If you've heard early AC/DC and the classic rock sound of the '70's, then in truth you already pretty much know all you need to know about the Lead55LV, as that's what it does. So how does the Metroplex compare? First, the Metroplex is not a "four hole" design like the plexi amps most people are familiar with. It has a plexi channel and a higher gain channel. It's kind of like a plexi had a baby with a JCM 800. Sort of. The plexi channel sounds pretty much like what you would expect -- it's pure Marshall and it's a very good version of a plexi. Before it arrived, I was uncertain whether the higher gain channel would be just like the plexi channel but with more gain, or more like the Friedman Brown Eye HBE channel. Having only played with it a little, I would say it does sound just a little different to my ear than the plexi channel, but only just a little bit. Perhaps a bit more modern? I'll have to play with it some more before I can say. It certainly does have more gain, but it doesn't sound like a BE100 at all to my ear. It sounds like a plexi on steroids. I'm a big fan of the overall tone of the Germino Lead55LV, and I'm used to how it feels and responds, and it took me a minute to adjust to the Metroplex. One thing I would say is that there are, perhaps, a few more sounds in the Metroplex than in the Lead55LV. It seems to me there is quite a bit more flavor from one end of the spectrum to the other when you twist the tone knobs from 1 to 10. As one would expect with a 100 watt amp, the Metroplex is significantly punchier and lead notes have a really in-your-face quality that I felt immediately. I would also say the Metroplex cleans up better than the Lead55LV. If I had one complaint with my Lead55LV, it's that when you back off the guitar volume it can sometimes sound just a tad muddy, if that makes any sense. The Friedman amps I've played were really excellent at cleaning up with the volume backed off, and so far I would say the Metroplex does that as well. Definitely a better clean sound than the Lead55LV, but one would expect that from a 100 watt amp. Currently, I have the amp sitting on my Germinio 4x12 loaded with greenbacks, and that seems to work well with it. I always use my Lead55LV with a Rivera Rockcrusher attenuator, otherwise it tends to peel the paint right off the walls. I had expected the Metroplex to be even more difficult to tame, so as soon as I unboxed it I just set it on the cab and hooked it up the same way the Germino was hooked up (with the Rockcrusher). Interestingly enough, I've found the Metroplex seems to be a bit easier to tame volume-wise. Unlike some plexi designs, the Metroplex does have gain knobs, so you can set the volume low and the gain high if you want more gain at a reasonable volume. I haven't yet tried that. So far, I've only used it turned up pretty loud and then used to attenuator to just knock it back a bit. And using it like that, it sounded really good even at modest volumes. Better yet, it does seem to retain that crisp, punchy character even with the volume down. I will experiment with it without the attenuator and see what kind of low volume sound it produces. If you're into the Marshall sound, I can't imagine too many people who wouldn't dig this amp. It does the higher gain thing, but it also does that old school plexi thing as well as my Germino does. But it does cost quite a bit more, so there's that. Will it completely replace my Lead55LV? I don't know. It very well might, but it's too early to say. Again, none of this is scientific, just a few initial impressions after a short bit of noodling. And yes, for those interested, I was using it with the black Bartlett Retrospec.