Please tell me I'm not the only person in this category... I play a 5150 because it's what I already have, because it's a good American made amp, and because I can't afford anything I'd like better. I've tried several different things in an effort to squeeze every little bit out of it on the cheap. 1. I removed two of the 6L6's and cut the output power in half. This reduced the overall volume some, and let's me run the amp at higher master volume settings without blowing the windows out of the house. 120 watts was ridiculously loud to play around the house. 60 watts is still crazy loud, but a little more workable, and created an instant backup pair of 6L6's. The Lead Channel was once way too noisy, but I have discovered some ways to minimize that: 1. I made an adjustable Low Pass Filter Pedal, so I can tune out some of the brightness before it hits the input of the amp. Less Bright=Less Noise. 2. I replaced the first 12AX7 with a vintage American 12AT7 to drop the gain and noise down to more reasonable levels. The Lead Channel lost some of the noise, and the Rhythm Channel cleaned up. I can now run the amp at even higher master volume settings without blowing the windows out of my house. The amp sounds killer, but isn't as loud as it was with all 12AX7's in the preamp. If I had the money, I'd fly to MESA, CA and try them all in person for two or three days straight, tour the factory, and then bring one or two back with me. They make several amp models with selectable output power options. This is a HUGE plus in my opinion. 30 watts is really the maximum output power I need for a high gain amp. (I play out some, and at home almost daily.) I'd also like to have either a 5 or 15 watt option. I also have an Epiphone Valve Junior Head, and I've stepped it down to VERY low "Everyone else in the house is asleep" volume levels by replacing the 12AX7 with a 12AU7, and throwing pedals at it. I can crank the amp all the way up, and control the volume with the pedals and the guitar. I plan to leave it like this. This is now a true "bedroom" level amp, that I play in my office late at night. I also happen to have 7 vintage RCA 12AU7's on hand. I figure that's a lifetime supply.