About a year ago, I picked up a like new Fender Champion 40 at a pawn shop for $78.00. Not sure why I bought it... good price? liked the look? bored ?, don't remember. I had never liked Fender SS amps, especially their built in distortion. Granted, it had been years since I played one, and I was biased from my previous experience. So I get home, plugged it in, and was shocked at how good the thing sounded. especially with a small dose of reverb + delay. Beautiful cleans, really rich, full and punchy; some really nice overdrive tones in blackface and British. After a week, I did not like the amp, I absolutely loved it. With the Fender footswitch, it is perfect. BTW, I have owned Rivera, Fender Twin Reverb, Blues Jr, most Peaveys, Blackstar, and a bunch of other tube amps. Fast forward, since buying this amp, I have been seeing nothing but glowing reviews about the Katana 50 and 50MKII. Ran across some threads comparing the Katana 50 to the Champion 40, and most of them said hands down the Katana rules and wins. So, I got the bug, figured if I loved the Champ so much, I would be absolutely snowed by the Katana. Bought 2 MKII 50's combos for Christmas, one for me, one for my son. Unboxed one yesterday, with great expectations... Dang, and yuk. I cant get a good sound out of this thing. Cleans are OK, but overdrive distortion are a nightmare. Brittle, Harsh, just fake and bad sounding. Watched a bunch of videos on settings etc. Just sounds awful to me no matter what I do (Clean with boost, or Brown etc.) Now, I'm sure some will say use your computer and go to the website. That's fine, but should I really have to do that to get some kind of decent tone? It should not be that difficult to get a decent sound out of an amp. Also, figured if I could get it sounding ok, then a footswitch (which should come with this amp) needs to be purchase separately and needs a battery or adapter power... good grief. Would think Boss could do better than that. I cant really get a bad sound out of my Champion 40, except for my playing. So, the grass is greener on the other side, has been proven again. Katanas are both going back.