The head arrived yesterday. So new, It stinks (heating tubes, not the tone)! Looks like a cute vintage style murse you could toss on the passenger seat of your MG convertible. Only really played the .5W output but this I can say: Nice cleans. The lack thereof was always a deal breaker with other small amps. I had a PRRI before and it's hard to beat for squeaky cleans (short scale Fender and reverb halfway up=Surf heaven). Although different, this one can come very close minus the real spring reverb. Wasn't sure about the tonestack AND global tone control but at least with the head, this turns out to be usable: I have a number of cabs and they all need tone shaping to deal with different sorts of boominess. Most importantly: Astonishingly good 'just before to right after breakup' quasi-clean tones at low volume. Which for me means: No pedals! As for mid- to high gain, I find it somewhat fizzy. But this is sub 1watt master volume home noodling with Jensen style speakers...I too wonder how the 5 Watts sound when opening up on the clean channel against my drummer. Probably awesome.