Aaaand… it's home! Thanks a lot to the fine folks on the forum who dropped by to advise on a previous thread! For those who did not follow the whole story: this popped up on my local market at a good price (actually, an excellent price for Europe). Original cabinet, grille, tolex, speaker, transformers; some well-replaced caps and resistors. I initially wondered whether it could give me an "old school" swing sound close to my treasured 1946 Zephyr, but with more reliability and clean volume for big band gigs. Many expressed doubts that this would be the right amp for that job. The word "dirty rascal" was used . But nearly everyone said it's one hell of an amp. And being an amp junkie, I pulled the trigger. It came to me sounding beautiful but with an extra noisy tremolo, very early onset of distortion, some bad vibrations. Off to my tech it went, and he gave it a good check, added a bias pot (the tubes were "cold-biased" said he) and tube retainers, replaced a faulty tube. Now it's quiet as a mouse at idle, very low "chop chop" sound with tremolo on, and it sounds a lot better. Today I could finally spend a little quality time with it. From what I could see, those who said it would not be the right amp for swing were right so far. With a DeArmond FHC it sounds muddy and distorts very early… jury's still out: I've yet to try it with the Rhythm Chief, which is a more polite pickup. But I have the impression that the Zephyr will remain the irreplaceable reigning king of swing in the herd. I will keep the Deluxe regardless because those who said that it's a wonderful amp were right too! In its "dirty rascal" way, it's an incredible strat and tele amp. It's LOUD! Dial on 2, it was already a lot for home use. I ventured to go to 4, then 6 for brief moments… WHOAA. But at 2 already, it had wonderful warm cleans: instant "Blue Jeans Blues" and "Wind cries Mary" with a strat; great blues and classic country tones with my teles. To push it a little, I chose my Blues Driver clone, which I never use with my BF Tremolux but thought could work well here. And it did! Early ZZ Top tones right there! Now I am spoiling to take it to rehearsal, crank it, and just ride the volume of the guitar and a clean boost. I don't miss reverb or delay on this one … and the bias wiggle tremolo is wonderful. The fact that it looks killer, and weighs very little, add to the charm. I love this beastie. Here it is, alone and with the herd almost in full formation.