So I've seen plenty suggestions for amps which are advertised to punch far above their weight, as far as value is concerned. I'm sure that we've all been burned by this. But there can definitely be exceptions to the, "if it sounds too good to be true" rule. Some amps see their value on the used market decline for obvious reasons. Others are not so obvious. The first amp that I'm going with is the Genz Benz Black Pearl 30. For less than $600, I purchased a nice-looking, solidly built amp with 2 Alnico Red Fang speakers and tube-driven reverb. Already some value to be had there. The thing is, it sounds really nice and very professional at stage volumes. And it is quite useful. The cleans are gorgeous, as you'd expect from a "Vox" type amp with alnico speakers. But the quality of the tone really shines no matter where the gain is set. It's always clear and defined, extremely responsive, and can cover a lot of ground. I play many live shows, and I get a good sense of how other guitarists sound. But I am always impressed with how clear and genuine my tone is while listening to recordings of our performances. And how dynamic. Just by changing guitars, I went from a jangly sparkling Tele tone to a spot-on Free Bird solo tone. It really picks up the subtleties in your playing more than you would expect from an amp at this cost. I've actually had some inappropriate comments made to me about my tone by drunk women at bar while I've played this amp. The next is an Orange Rocker 30. Not cheap by any means, but I recall these going for around $700 many years ago and not kicking myself for picking one up before what I perceived to be a market increase for all used equipment (JCM 800s come to mind). Come to find out, they are around the same cost on the used market at that time, and often cheaper. I fell in love while recording with one at a studio. We know Orange's reputation, and the JCM 800 comps. But when the gain is set low, this amp sounds wonderful. A 3 dimensional, harmonic tone with sustain and string to string clarity that you don't find in most amps in this range. Another really dynamic amp which can clearly cover a lot of ground. The next amp actually is cheap. The Peavey VTM 120 Watt, which I acquired in the $300 range. I loved my JCM 800, but found it to be a bit overbearing and not bedroom or stage friendly enough for my purposes. But with the bridge pickup on my LP and a boost, life didn't get any better. I tried the Laney AOR as my first venture into JCM clones. It's a fun amp, and was similar in feel and spirit. But it was clearly inferior, and the durability concerns led me to selling it. The VTM doesn't have the woody, organic tone that the JCM does. But it can get a ton of gain and attitude while being in the spirit of a JCM, and honestly presents an articulate, tight punchy high gain sound that I wish more modern amps had. A lot of fun to play if you love gain but aren't exactly a Mesa guy. Definitely more than satisfied with the lower gain tones as well. Which amps have exceeded your expectations or their relative prices points?