Okay the actual NAD was last week. I found a virtually unused floor model at a dealer and negotiated a pretty nice price on it. So far I'm really pleased with the amp. I think Fender did a GREAT job with these. Years ago I owned the white-knobbed Custom Vibrolux Reverb in the 90's. Hated it. I love the 68 Custom. Mine is dead quiet. Big round cleans, plays very well with my dirt pedals. Hooked up an A/B/Y switch and I love how I can dial in the Custom channel to have a little different voice. I have owned an almost embarrassing string of amps over the years, including a DRRI, some very nice Dr. Zs, a Morgan, a Boogie, and a (er, make that two) Fuchs. And a number of others beyond that. Tonally - for what it is and for what my expectations were - this amp hangs right in there. My gig situation is such these days that I wanted a simple, great sounding and portable platform that would be useful for the quieter gigs but would still hold its own if something bigger came along. This amp will do that very well, I think. For fun I threw an ANOS RCA 12ax7 in v1. I can't say I heard a dramatic difference but the higher were subtly sweeter. Right now I see no need to upgrade the stock Celestions. I'm going to break them in, play the amp and not worry about it. I've gotta say that since getting this amp I've been enjoying just playing. More than I have in quite a while, in fact. Ironically I've owned a couple very nice amps in the past two from other manufacturers, and their cleans were described as having "big Fender cleans". The 68 CVR sounds better to my ears. These amps caught my eye some time ago, and for a while I weighed going this route versus finding an actual silverface and having it serviced, etc. In the end I decided that the 68 Custom had the feature set I wanted right out of the box, and tonally I think it's going to be darn close enough to the real thing. I didn't want to deal with hunting down a good example of an older amp and then having to deal with the possibility of a cap job, tubes, speakers, what have you. Having said all of that, if the right one pops up under my nose down the road and I have the cash in hand...ya never know. I'll report back here when the inferior PCB construction causes the amp to fail. That's a joke, son. In all honestly I did briefly consider the PCB issue when I was weighing this vs. the real deal, but I'll take my chances. I don't doubt for a second that some of the repair folks on this board have seen those failures (and I don't deny that some PCB amps are cheaply built, even arguably these 68 Customs), but I'm also of the belief that for every one of those failures there are many (many) more of the Fender reissue amps out there getting hammered on every weekend. Fender sells a ton. I owned two myself many years back and I know lots of people who own them now and I'm not aware of any of them failing prematurely. Anyway - if you're kicking the tires on this amp I absolutely think it's worth a look.