I acquired this from GC yesterday (via trades+ a little cash) to dip my toes further into the modeling world. I was pleased with my Fender GT40 so I wanted to go to the next step. (Yes, I am too cheap to spring for the Helix LT.) This is much better and easier to use than the GT40 albeit more expensive and lacking a speaker. I am currently outputting the tones to my Yamaha studio monitors. I will at some point invest in more appropriate loudspeaker. (Disclaimer: I still think the GT40 is a fine little modeling amp.) I only glanced at the manual and was up and running in no time. The Firehawk’s patches are created and edited by an iPad app (or Android tablet app). The app is highly intuitive and super easy to use. Connectivity is good. My only beef so far is that there are only three effects blocks that are totally free for assignment. Delays, Reverb, Eq, etc are fixed blocks in the signal chain. However you still get a ton of options for ordering effects. So, my Gilmour Shine On patch has a Color sound stomp, compressor, Phaser, Delay and Reverb in the signal chain. (I also have the noise gate engaged and may add the Eq to the chain). I am using the Hiwatt Amp model but the Dual Showman model also sounds good in this patch. I find the models to be very good indeed. Again, I know that they aren’t Fractal, Kemper or Helix quality but they certainly "good enough" to cover each type of tone well. The effect pedal models are also very good. As for the preset patches that come with the Firehawk, like the Fender GT and I suspect the presets on most modelers, they leave a lot to be desired. I think I actually liked about 6 of the 128 factory presets. When I walked into GC yesterday I didn’t know whether I was going to use my trade proceeds for the Firehawk or a Vox AC10. I’m glad I chose the Firehawk. It is inevitable that I will upgrade to a better modeler at some point in the future. For now, this meets my needs until I am ready to make a bigger investment. It is entirely possible that when I upgrade that my tube amps and effects will be sold.