I am currently amp shopping, and having a blast. I've been researching for a few months, so now it is time to get out and really play some amps. So far I have played: Mesa : Express series, Mark V 25, TA-30 Blackstar : HT40 Marshall : DSL40 Fender : Deluxe Reverb Reissue (68) Dr Z : Maz 18 NR & Therapy Motivation : To own my first tube amp. Yep, never had a tube amp. Played a Roland JC-120 for many years. Stopped gigging and got rid of the JC, and have used a Marshall Valvestate. Mostly home playing, recording, and an occasional gig. Why do you buy new gear? Inspiration, bored or grew to dislike what you own? Gig often and need different amps for different situations? Just interested in hearing your stories. The last two days I've played the TA-30, really loving it. What has been cool was just plugging in straight to the amp and playing, no pedals, and loving the tone without much tweaking. I think the Maz sounded best to my ears, but not as versatile.