Since this amp isn't one that get's talked about much (even by TopHat fans), I thought I'd give my first impression having had it for the last 5 days. BTW, I picked this up from The Gear Page Emporium. My first larger purchase and what a cool place to find gear!! Amp: 1999 TopHat Ambassador 50, using 2 6L6s and 4 12AX7s, solid state rectified pushing about 50 watts. The Ambassador is supposedly based loosely on a Blackface Twin. Speakers are a Weber ceramic Silver Bell and a ceramic California. This is also the only TopHat that has onboard tube driven reverb. Controls are Pre Volume, High Cut, Treble, Mid, Bass, Master Volume and for the reverb Dwell and Depth. Also has a toggle switch offering either a Bright setting or a *LOUD* mid gain boost. The Mid control Ive read as being based on a Dumble tone stack, which is completely non-interactive with the Bass and Treble controls. To my relief and surprise this amp is still rooted in what I've found to be the TopHat signature. It actually has many of the same traits that have made me monogamous to my Club Royale. Characterized by a tone that's a unique mix between a great Vox and a great Plexi Marshall, but something all its own. I can now say whatever amp Brian Gerard designs will always have this "signature" to it. But the cool thing is that mixed in with this signature TopHat sound is a touch of Blackface Fender, meaning a slight scoop in the mids and a slightly raspy upper mid/treble. But there's still a nice full midrange and the nice airy top end (not really associated with Fenders) I've come to expect from TopHat. I hear this Fender character only as if you had a magical effects loop that allowed you to mix in a hint of character from another amp, into your favorite staple amp. Quite cool! My main requirement in getting this amp was to have something available much louder than my Club Royales and stay clean doing it. This amp easily gets twice as loud as my 20 watt Royale 2x12 and thats with the volume halfway up. Suffice it to say, its a LOUD amp! Ive never bought an amp without trying it first. Took a chance on getting this one it turned out to be amazing!