I've wanted this amp for a long time and have been thinking about purchasing it on and off for the past 6 months. There is not a Mesa dealer that carries the Recto line closer than 400 miles of me so my trips to guitar center are usually pretty intense! I got to thinking the other day that I've never really spent much time with the #2 channel of this head (assuming a 3 channel version). I've always gone and cranked it up on channel 3 to get the most of my time. I was wondering if any of you who own/have played it could give me an idea of what tone I can find from the #2 channel. Is it more Marshall'esque? Just lower gain than the traditional high gains we hear from a recto? I was also wondering if this amp can actually be played at normal room levels as many of these high wattage tube amps need to be opened up to sing. Thanks for the advice.