I've been looking for a nice 'normal' solid-state combo for a while. I tend to play 'clean' with just a touch of that blues tone. (Don't worry, full-on death metal thrash tones are available to me!) I went on a search, what did BB King use then? A nice Gibson and a decent Lab Series solid state amp. Hmmm. I bet he used the compressor control a bit... Some time with Google and You Tube with headphones led to the DV Mark Little Jazz. Other options (Quilter) were explored but not at that price! I would rather design and build my own amp than pay $1000+. (I have the skills to do it but have better things to do with my time!) I am happy with my choice, and yes, the balanced output was one of the features I wanted. My BC Rich Mockingbird does that blues tone through the amp. My unfinished Warmoth Thinline Tele will need a few changes, it sound boring, no 'spark' to it. The bridge is some cheap no-name device I had in the parts box, the neck humbucker may need changing too. Plugged one of my basses in and that sounded good! It would need a proper bass speaker to protect the poor little 8" driver fitted if you dared to turn it up! An Electro Harmonix 'Hot Wax' pedal should arrive in 2 days time to add that extra grit when needed.