My Richter 5E3 was waiting for me when I got home from work yesterday, and I only had the chance to unpack it and give it a quick inspection before heading out for a few hours. First impression was holy crap! This thing is beautiful! Really, this amp is constructed in such a careful manner the tweed looks like a German engineer applied it. The pine cabinet is impeccable. The amp wasnt quite as light as I had heard, but this made me happy as I want the amp to have a solid feel to it. The black laser etched control plate makes it look a little stealthy. And the quality Richter logo is securely attached to the front with four large screws. Just a gorgeous amp to look at, but the tone? This morning, after the house was empty, I went down and fired her up. And I will now tell you that I have found the tone (s) that I have been searching for. I have been playing for 25 years and this is the most euphoric gear acquisition that I have ever experienced. I played with the different inputs, played with the volume settings, the tone setting, and played through it with a G & L Legacy, a G & L Asat semi hollow, and a really cool 1980 Ibanez Artist. The sound is rich, focused, clear, broad, and has a great tight bottom that I know with get even better after the speaker breaks in. I am completely floored by this thing. I cant wait to go home and play it tonight. Oh, and I pumped it up with a Bad Bob booster, and then a Fulltone Fat Boost and both made this thing howl. Along with being a wonderful human being and an impressive business woman, Sara Richter is the goddess of guitar tone. I need to meet this woman some day. I am one happy guitar player finally.