When I bought my BJ II 10 years or so ago, it was in the $300-400 range. A Vox Ac15 was closer to $600. They are much closer in price now. In those 10 years I only had to have it serviced once. For me, it was a nice sounding, reliable amp. Eventually I traded it for an AC15. I like the AC15 a lot. My only real complaint with the BJ was that it sounded boxy to me when I played with another guitarist. As much as I like my Vox, it is a chore to lug that thing upstairs to rehersal. The BJ is a great amp for what it is. And I agree with what others have said about TOANZ. Most of the subtleties I hear at home disappear at gig volume once the drummer and bass player kick in. If you like what you hear then it is good.