I remember when these were released and I both lusted for one and thought it was far too much money. I have continued to lust after them and I have watched their values maintain or increase. I have also watched the Atomic Jr, Victoria 518's, Valvetrains, Lil Dawg's etc through the years. I finally decided that it is not too much money for the feature-set. I literally play in a bedroom. I don't gig and never will. I've kept a go-to Super Champ XD around for years and it sounds good and has been reliable but not inspiring. I tried to upgrade to a really nice boutique with a 12" speaker and it simply did not work in a bedroom...great amp...wrong application. I recently bought a Silverface Champ and found it to be completely awesome in the bedroom...just awesome...totally inspiring...just what I've always needed but was too dumb to realize it. 8" in bedroom is bliss (that sounded just wrong). I do wish that I'd found a VC (the effect would be lovely added to this Champ)...but this Champ is minty minty. An apparently nearly unused (protective stickers still on the faceplates) Vibro Champ EC popped up the other day and I pounced on it. I bought it from one of those places (no plugs here) that allows me a 30 day return period. I want the trem effect and I want the reduced power switch...I've always wanted it...and I now believe that this is most likely the perfect bedroom amp for me. After thinking about this amp for 7 years I am pretty darn excited to have one in my hands. I hope that I am not disappointed and I full well know the worthy competitors to this amplifier. I came very close to another Swart in the form of an Atomic Jr....but despite my serious interest....I just know that I cannot deal with the controls at the rear...deal breaker. Here's to hoping that the limited amp knowledge that I have accrued over the years finally results in a 'sound' keeper amp.