I've had 5 or 6 Dr. Z amps over the past 5 years... Never once though about the Ghia. Yesterday I traded my backup amp (Mesa Transatlantic) for a Ghia... I was wanting to get back in to having a Dr. Z. After 2 hours of playing with it today, I wish I would have gotten one sooner! It's not quite as chimey as the amps I tend to lean towards (AC30 voiced), but it's got a nice top end and a tighter bottom. Dr. Z does something magical to his amp that makes them more percussive than anybody else, this makes them more touch sensitive. Even the Ghia with it's pronounced mid-range has that nice touch sensitive mojo going on that you can't hide behind. A few years ago, it wouldn't have been the Z I'd have went with (I actually avoided it). But after giving it a 2 hour jam session today (by my self), I really bonded with it. Just wanted to give it some praise for it's simplicity and great tone.