Edit/update: Well I went and bought the a Gibson GA-5, sounds great. Seems well put together, solid cabinet, tube sockets, handle and tolex. Very quiet the only noise it makes on full volume is the hum from my single coils. The dinky 8" Jensen speaker farts out a littled when the volume on both amp and guitar are maxed, but that is to be expected really. I would love to run it through an extention cabinet with a single 12" Alnico Blue, but I don't like to mod old amps and sticking a jack input into the amp would be doing just that. I love the character of the break up on these 1950s amps, who needs master volumes these things snap, crackle and pop in the most beautiful way when pushed. I dunno if paying £300 was exactly a bargain for a blonde 5 watt Gibson amp, but I know £300 pounds wouldn't get me far in modern amps anyway. I don't think any amp at the moment will beat my 62 Bandmaster (well none I can afford) for pure ballsy tone, but it's nice to have an amp you can play at max volume at home without having the police called around. I have the opportunity to pick up a 1950s Gibson GA-5 (Skylark) and I heard that they were based on the early Fender Champs 5C1 or something. My question is that are they decent little practice/recording amps? They seem to be only a fraction of the price of equivalent Fender amps, why? Is £300 uk a decent price? P.S. What are the Gibson EH amps like, those ones that went with their Electric Hawaiian guitars? They are purdy and I am sure they were big with the jazz players like Charlie Christian, but never heard them play anything overdriven. Do they have nice sound when pushed hard?