I don't think anyone expects "amazing", at least as far as tone. Hell, i have had probably 100 tube amps and maybe a handful were amazing. VERY few amps today in the same range as the GT/GTX are amazing. But i don't think anyone is expecting that. I think they are expecting at most real feeling and sounding tube tone that equal a typical middle of the road tube amp like a blues jr or classic 30 etc. That along with all the other advantages is an *amazing deal*, but tonally there are almost no amps under a grand i would call amazing. I never expected amazing from any amp i have bought except those i paid a lot for and had a rep of being that good. To me the GT/GTX has to simply have a feel and tone that are real tube like or so close i'm fine with it, and the ability to work well in a mix and respond to my playing and guitar's volume pot, and they do that very very well. Amazing amps are overrated anyways. I've had a few that were more then amazing. One that comes to mind is a GT soulo 75 that just floored me......about 1/2 the time. The other 1/2 the time my GT sounds better then that thing did and sounds like that most every time you turn it on and in most any room. The 75 sounded like god in one room, like hell in the next. I've even sold amps that i thought sounded phenomenal because in the end tone that does the things i mentioned ad consistently is far more valuable to me than one that sounds amazing at time. Even when those amps sound amazing at a gig, thruth is once you are into the music you forget about that and all that matters are the things i mentioned than my GT does just fine. And i think thats what people want from the mustangs, not amazing.