Brand new SLO arrived yesterday. I've wanted one for a long time, so I took the afternoon off work and got stuck in. The tones I can get are everything I thought they would be, so why is the amp stressing me out? The amp was bought to be used live, not recorded, so some versatility is a must. I currently have a JVM410, which is very versatile. I'm not bothered by having JVM levels of versatility in the SLO, but I must be able to get a good clean and good dirty sound at the very least. Ideally I'd like a volume boost for solos too. Contrary to what I've read, you can get a pretty good clean out of the SLO, albeit with a bit of background noise (crunch and bright switches engaged, master cranked, bass cranked, mids about 4, gain low, treble and presence set to taste). The problem is that with these EQ settings the amp sounds rubbish when you click over to the dirty channel. Conversely, setting the overdrive channel how I like it results in a clean sound that is uninspiring to put it mildly. With the clean set how I like it I can actually get some very good dirty tones using pedals, but that completely defeats the object of buying the SLO to me. I might as well stick with my Plexi, which has a nice warm clean sound and takes pedals better than any amp I've ever come across. The SLO was a dream amp for me, and delivers a ripping aggressive distortion that is simply amazing, but it was nearly FOUR TIMES the price (here in the UK) of my JVM. I'm not feeling that it was good value right now and I'm close to boxing it back up and returning it, which would make me very sad indeed. So, TGPers, have any of you trodden down this particular path before? What did you do? Please don't suggest alternative amps. The only alternative I'd considered was a Cornford MK50h Mark 2, which trumps the SLO in features and sounds very sweet for cleaner/bluesier stuff, but from what I can gather has a loose, uncontrolled bass response (which I cannot tolerate) and is also not as aggressive as the SLO.