I've been rebuilding my rig for the past several months. For the last year I've been playing pretty much nothing but bass. For the three years before that, I was mostly touring acoustic. Now that I'm back to playing electric full time, it was really time to invest some time and research into new things. One thing I wanted was a very powerful, lightweight, and small amplifier. Nothing bigger than a 1x12, that could cover any gig, big or small, mic'd or not. I had given up looking and was going to get a Jazz Chorus, when I stumbled onto this thing on the net. After doing all the research I could, I sold the last bits of gear not currently using, and ordered it. It arrived tonite, about two hours ago. Here are my first impressions- Powerful. Holy crap is it powerful. It's mind blowing. I expected a powerful amp, its 120 watts. But good gravy... I didn't expect anything like this. Clean channel- gain at noon, master at 10 O'clock, its loud enough for probably anything. Turn it up, and it just keeps going. You can blow the hairs off a rhino's ass at 40 yards with this little amp. No, I'm not kidding. Near unlimited power and headroom. I couldn't stand to be in the same room with it flat out. It was physically painful. For real. I will have no trouble with this at outdoor gigs. I honestly think it's capable of burying a Twin. Just ridiculous. However, it also plays very nice at any level from gig to bedroom. Clean channel will crunch up nicely with the gain knob. Or stay clean to the moon. Preamp breakup is very musical, not fizzy. Power section is total headroom. It will not sag, compress, or anything. It's an incredibly dynamic amp. Cleans up really well, even with high gain on the dirt channel, by backing off volume or attack. Which brings us to- the dirt channel. I set the eq controls all at noon, and the gain at noon, and started bringing up the master. I was greeted with a really nice tight, focused, and musical OD sound right off the bat. Adjust eq and gain to taste, there's not a bad sound in this channel. It's not high gain enough for metal or harder new rock, but it's got more than enough on tap for classic rock, blues rock, fusion, etc. I haven't tried the effects loop yet. But I ran my TC Nova System into the front end, and it kills. Takes any effects in the front end as good as any amp I've ever tried. Clean sound- NOT Fender. Much more warm and mid-forward. A decidedly Brit voicing. Big fender fans will find it a little dark. I like it. It seriously punches. I think it's gonna bust through a mix like nobody's business. Reverb is the only on-board effect. It's not a real spring, it's digi, but it's quite good to me. Sounds every bit as good as the reverb I have dialed in on the Nova, and many people think TC reverbs are the cat's pajamas. With the verb, and gain bumped up on the clean channel, I hit it with the clean boost in the Nova. Fat, beautiful, horn-like Jerry sound. The guys in the dead band are gonna love this thing. That's the first impression in a nutshell. I have two gigs this weekend. I'll use it on both. I'll report back on how it fares live after the weekend!