I wasn't going to make it this year, but last min jumped in the car and pointed due south to the Thorn Guitars' shindig. Ron puts on a small party for friends/customers every year at NAMM time. Always a blast to see friends, what's new in the shop, everyone's rig changes (there's always some jamming, this year Mark Goldenberg made me want to burn everthing I own in a huge bonfire). but it's always a blast. Engineer and friend of Ron's/Mine/Many at the shindig Simeon, invted the Red Plate guys to attend. I've met and chatted with Henry and Keith at many amp shows and such. Have friends using his amps (Dana Olsen!) and have heard them frmo the halls in the amp show etc. I foolishly chalked them up to just a Dumble/fender esque company. I heard a few amps they brought and was impressed, stellar cleans, nice fendery tweed and brown OD' tones, etc. Nice stuff, but not my bag. Was chatting with Keith and I said, don't bother I'm a marshall guy. he grinned and plugged me into the Magica. Eff me. That amp is the balls. The clean tone was beautiful..fendery or you could nudge it into JTM/Tweed tones. Lovely. Hit channel two and I could get anything from nice round kickin 50 watt plexi lead tone with a better eq, add a boost, dial it up to 2204 sounds and back, and still kick strait over to that dead lush clean without losing anyhthing. Then Keith and Henry showed me the boost/3rd? Channel. Modded marshall baddasery. Really took it up a level. Held together, got some great 'rawk' tones that split the diff between Modern and vintage nicely. Just enough bass, didn't kill ya. Really nice tones. Pretty much every good marshall in a box, with a foot switch change away to a great clean. I was thoroughly impressed. And then I realized I was JUST running through a 1x12. it sounded effing HUGE. AND THE FEEL WAS RIGHT This is hard to do IMO...so many guys want that fender/marshall in a box but the feel is a compromise the wrong direction. Not here. Felt like a marshall. It also cleaned up with volume control BETTER than any old Marshall I've played,. I also enjoyed the bluesmaster combo? VeryJTM/Blonde ish tones., But the magica really floored me. For guys that want a compact, marshall and clean in a box head that sounds HUGE They got a winner with this one. Well done guys. Oh I was playing a Korina thorn with humbuckers I'm familar w ith the whole time, and compatred to my JTM45 build..(before I blew it up. LOL) Good show Redplate!