So I just got a couple Goodsells this fall. Did two gigs recently - one with each one - that kind of brought me back to earth a little with both. 1) Goodsell Custom 33 - did a gig at a bowling alley. Guys! Don't ever play in a bowling alley if you can avoid it. They put a platform out over some of the lanes and we play standing on that. Slight problem. Well a couple really. 1, the minute the drummer starts hitting, you can forget about using reverb. Splash splash splash splash. 2, with no baffling or walls or anything anywhere, and with a high enough ceiling and because it's a huge room, it's gotta be nearly impossible to mix. I had my amp too far behind me and I felt like all the clean headroom was gone. Not to mention the moment a note left the speaker simply evaporated into thin air. I even had it tilted back on a stand and I could still barely hear it. What a buzzkill! 2) The following night, my Super 17 came out to a blues jam as one of the host amps (the other being a BFDR with a JBL D120F). It's a big stage and a big room, but the engineer is usually really good. Most of the time there's a BJr on that side of the room, so I figured the Goodsell would hang. I hadn't anticipated the two most obnoxious trumpet players on earth walking in the door playing as loud as possible though. That seemed to bring ALL stage volume up a few notches and it was nearly impossible to hear the guitar on that side. Partly because of the horns, but partly also because no guitar was going back into the monitors and hardly any into the mains. Everything was all off really. I hate when this happens, because even though it forces me to acknowledge that my ampstruments aren't the second coming of guitar tone for every possible space and I tend to get more easily frustrated with them when they don't do exactly as I need them to, even if it's just because I brought the wrong amp to the gig. This must be where GAS begins for most people. On the other hand, I've done enough gigs with each amp to know that's also kind of crazy to blame the amp every time - I still maintain that I won't find anything better for me and while I keep my eyes and ears open, I'm rather doubtful that either of the almighty Goodsells are going anywhere. Just some food for thought, though.