This is the 3rd time I am the owner of SLO#008 amp having sold it twice and this time, it will go to the grave with me. It is the SLO from the 1st NAMM show Mike attended in 1987 when Mike introduced his amps to the world. It is also the SLO pictured in all the early advertising in Guitar Player mag etc. It is the one in the big framed picture behind Mike's desk in his office. It has the chrome tranny endbells and the chrome metal logo. These early amps have a special mojo thanks to a slightly different routing of the signal even though the components are the same as 1990 and up. (The routing and the physical placement of the components on the circuit board is different) It was originally sold to Aldo Nova in 1987 after the canadian MEAC show and I bought it from Aldo in 1988. (He regrets selling it to this day) I used it for 8 years and it travelled around 1/2 the world with me doing 150 to 250 dates per year before selling it the 1st time . I am lucky to have it with me again since the 1st time I sold it , was to a collector in California (I'm in Montreal) and after having terrible seller's remorse , a month later I asked him to sell it back and he refused. After calling him several times over the course of a year and offering him $500 more than he paid, he told me "I'll never sell it...it's staying in my collection!" Well 3 years later I got a call from a friend of mine in Ottawa Ontario asking me ..."wasn't your SLO serial number #008? Well it's on Ebay!" I freaked ! I logged on and used "buy it now" and bought it back for $200 less than I sold it for!! The last time I sold it was 3 years ago. I was hard up for some cash and actually traded it for a 68 Les Paul Custom which I did extremely well with and didn't look back. Just recently ,I decided to call the guy I traded with, asking him about the amp and he told me he had sold it to a local collector about a year ago and that he didn't have any idea how to contact the new owner . About 6 weeks ago, I put an ad on a local internet site looking for the guy and got a response from some guy who had sold him another amp. I got his contact info, called him and low and behold we struck a deal and I got it back for about the same thing I paid the last time. I've had it now again for a little over 1 month and I am completely stoked. Every time I walk into the guitar room here at the studio, a big smile appears on my face! It's like seeing an old friend again. Incidently, it sounds every bit as good as it ever did!