I traded my Crate Palomino V32 for the Classic 50...a decision that was reaffirmed after reading a comparison thread. The search function is a great tool. Aside from a couple of rips in the tolex that I can touch up with a drop of superglue and a handle that's leather has started to come undone a little. Other than that, the amp's in great shape. The guy who I traded with was a little older and wanted a smaller amp for the gigs he plays. I know that there are good sounds to be had from the clean channel, but I've found what others have found about the drive channel. I have some decent pedals, but I was really hoping to be able to use that. It looks like some mods are in my future. I'm surprised that it stays relatively quiet at apartment levels without my THD Hotplate. It seems a little thin when I play my American Double Fat Strat...which is the opposite problem I had with the Palomino. Then again, I've never been good at figuring out EQs and how they interact on the different tube amps. When I run the amp at 8 ohms into the THD Hotplate, the difference is noticeable, but not in a bad way. With the hotplate, I can turn the master volume and clean volume to max and it stays clean. What I'm looking for is what settings some of the other Classic 50 owners set their amps at. Hopefully, I can get a nice starting point from the people who have more experience in their search for tone than I do. The Classic 50 isn't the end of my tube amp adventure, I'm sure. I'd love to work out a deal for a Fender DRRI, which is the amp I want but can't afford. If there's any local DFW members that want a Classic 50 and want to work out a trade for a DRRI, I'd love to talk. Here's a pic.