Today arrived my new Hughes & Kettner Grandmeister. It´s a 4 EL 84 head with 36 watts. 4 channels, every setting you like is programmable as a preset. Also the EQ settings, the settings of the power amp (possible is 36, 18, 5 or 1 watt). First two hours I played with the clean and crunch channel. These two could already be enough for me. Crunch channel with boost is a real hardrocking sound, more in the Marshall way. First impression of the lead channel is also good, but I have to spend some more time for it. Ultra channel: I don´t need it, it´s for the real bad bad guys with much longer hairs than mine . This amp is so versatile, unbelievable. You can store 128 presets. It´s got a fx section onboard (reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo). Tap tempo for the delay is possible with the H&K midiboard. Next week I take it to rehearsal. If it cuts well through the mix it could be my ready for everything weapon. Here in Germany are a lot of discussions about the fizzy sound around the whole Tubemeister / Grandmeister series. So what I learned that it has a lot to do with the cabinet and speaker. I don´t like the Celestion v30 but it´s the serial speaker in the H&K cabinets. So I choose a cabinet with an Eminence Cannabis Rex and for my first impression this speaker matches very well with the Grandmeister because it´s a little bit darker sounding. And it also works very well for hardrocking tones and overdriven lead sounds (Eminence recommends it for Country, Jazz, Blues !?). I will add more informations in the next weeks also about the fx section and its live use.