I've posted on these amps a few times and usually get no or neg. responses. The newer models seem to get a lot of attention but to Me they don't sound any better and both channels share tone controls. That's something I just don't get. I've never been happy with an amp that is set up like that. I know the VC's can have reliability issues. Marshalls and Fenders do too but they keep selling like hotcakes. Mine had an intermitent issue that's long gone. (a little squirt of contact cleaner took care of it). I really like these and for > $200.00 delivered it's been a great investment. Mine is a 2x12 that I converted to a 1x12 with an Eminence RW&B. The sound is very balanced and big. The amp isn't all that heavy and works great at livingroom and jamming volumes. The reverb isn't that great if You want to sound like Dick Dale but is good for Me since I only use a little. I'm not whining, just curious.