I bought a guitar yesterday - my first Tele. I have an SRV Strat as well. The store set me up in a practice / lessons room to play the Tele for a while. They sent me down with a DRRI and a Wampler Clarksdale tube screamer pedal. That combo sounded really nice with both my Strat and my new Baja. I had all but convinced myself a Mustang III was in my future. But that combo was sweet. So here comes the big question / random thoughts nobody can answer, but I would like your thoughts none the less: DRRI or a PRRI with a Wompler is a great sound - but will run me $1050 to $1300, plus the cost of any other pedals I may want. A Mustang III will run me $330, and should have everything I ever need at the cost of time and effort with Fuse (I hope I can run Fuse on Linux under Wine - but that is another thread). It's not about the money, but it is about the money. You know what I mean. I don't play clean with no breakup very much. I usually use a bit of an edge, but I rarely go into heavy metal. The grungiest sound I ever use is Keef on "One Hit To The Body". My I like ZZ Top sound, SRV, "normal Keef", Jimmy Page, etc. I occasionally play Greenday for the Wife and daughter, but also get to cleaner Police like Roxanne. As you can see, a broad range of sounds, which can be had from either amp. My ideal sound is Fender scooped, like a Deluxe Reverb / Princeton / Super Reverb / Twin, and the Mustang has sims for all of those. It took me about 5 minutes to get a good sound on the DRRI with the Wompler. I think it may take weeks to tune in some great tones on the Mustang III and find the sims I like; out of the box, I think I could get some decent tones to start. I don't want to "dedicate my life" to dialing in amp sims, but I also don't want to spend an extra $1000 either. I did not want to ask for a Mustang to test guitars, as I wanted to play the guitar, not with the amp. I "can" afford the tubes, but it is really hard to justify. The cost of the Mustang III is almost a drop. I know there are some on the board who will tell me "Give me tubes or give me death!" Buying a Mustang seems tough, as out of the box sims are not ideal. A lot of you have said it takes time to get it where you want, so the Mustang purchase is a bit of a leap of faith. I guess I need some encouragement to take the leap of faith. I feel I would love the Mustang III, but that DRRI / Wampler combo was sweet. I you can convince me I can get that sound - or range of sounds - from the Mustang with a bit of work, I will quit the "what-if / what-could-have-been"-ing. Thank you for indulging my rambling thoughts here.