I had to use one in my band back in the day because my main amp died and I couldn't afford a new one at the time. This is what I learned: A good tone can be had, and the amp is loud enough to keep up in a band, but a "great" tone is not going to be coaxed out of them - that said the high gain sounds had their own kind of pugnacious coolness. Once you figure out how to dial in a Bandit you can rely on getting very close to that sound from just about any Bandit you play through. We would also sometimes use a backline or share gear with other groups. If I saw a Bandit I wasn't exactly pumped - but because I had lived with one I knew how to dial them in. I would rather see a Bandit back then as my backline amp than one of those painful SS Marshalls.