Went to the dark side! Well, not really. It's actually pretty bright! LOL Been playing Fenders most of my playing life. It's been brownface and tweeds the last ten years or so, with some forays into some silver and blackface. But, this is my first Marshall. I tired the 50C last week at Sam Ash and really, really liked it. But, I was also looking for a low volume solution. They didn't have the 20 at the time to test. This week I hit the GC right next door with some interesting results. Yesterday, in GC, the amp was really vowelly. The mids had a funny quack and it sounded kinda boxy. When I went back and forth between a the 20 and the 50, they both had it a bit. I found I really preferred the mids almost off and the treble anywhere off of max. This was not what I heard at Sam Ash last week... I kinda put it down to different rooms and maybe even less broken in speakers. I recognized enough of the tone to know it was very different than my tweeds. I also wanted something different... So, I was willing to give it a test run or two. The 30 day return policy doesn’t hurt. Back and forth, the 20 and 50 weren't that different. There is a bit more volume, of course, from the 50 at all settings. The lowest 5 watt setting on the 50, sounds better, overall, than the 20's .5 watt... But, waddya expect? If this was gonna be my regular gigging amp, the 50 woulda been the way I went. But, I'm hoping this is gonna be my new grab and go amp... Maybe for a little practice time at home too. So, first thing I did this morning was bring the little bugger down to my practice room. It's a big room with a bit of natural reverb. Lotta amps sound pretty good there. The weird boxy thing is only present at extreme mid maxing with the Treble up high as well. Anything from about 8.5 and down on the Middle and it’s not there... Which is a good thing. I’ve been thrashing it pretty hard, trying all kinds of settings for about an hour or so. I’ve run my DC Special and Tele through it. No pedals yet. Gonna pull out the pedalboard shortly. This little bastard is actually a great little amp! The biggest difference between the different wattage settings on the ‘power stem’ is lower mid presence and how the Master(?) Volume behaves. At the lower wattage settings, the tone gets really thin at lower MV/Gain settings. Of course I like it best on 20 watts. It’s fat, big and raucous. But, it has to be cranked pretty loud to get full on Plexi kinda gain. It sounds like lotsa fun, though! Turned down, it cleans up nicely. Roll the guitar back a hair and it really works for my normal playing style. Be interesting to see how it hangs with the band. The 3 watt setting is still pretty loud. Again, biggest difference is lower mids. Still has plenty of bass. Higher gain (for me) is more easily reached, but it’s still ear ringing. Turn it down and it’s still nice and hairy, great fat cleans still. .5 watt is where the real difference show up. It thins out with the Master Volume below 3, maybe 3 1/2. But, it’s still very useable above that. As the wattage goes down, I like the Tilt rolled CCW towards the ‘Normal Input’ side. It’s warmer, darker, etc. I also prefer this setting for my Tele in any wattage setting. I also roll the presence off more at the same time. .5 watt is good enough for quiet practice in this room. Gonna check the living room later to see about close quarters. The Gain and Volume are very interactive. Supposedly the Volume is controlling the PI, Gain is preamp. Tilt goes from the darker normal input sound to the bright High input sound... with all kindsa stuff in betwixt. The EQ controls are kinda subtle... But, I’m used to that with my big tweeds. The Presence is supposedly also controlling the power side of things and has a hair more sweep/control than my big tweeds. I think they say it’s 31 lbs. not a featherweight amp, but very manageable. The cabinet is a touch bigger than my 5e3. It is not a heavy metal amp. Not by any stretch of the imagination. But, it gets the old Bluesbreaker kinda tone pretty easily. Can’t wait to run my LP Custom’s humbuckers through it! It’s very, very quiet at idle! Silent. I honestly think it’s a real keeper! My only ***** so far is that the supplied cord is kinda short. But, it’s an EIC cord, so, I’ll just order a longer one from Amazon. Oh, I have one other *****... the Manual is almost non-existant (and GC didn’t give me one, I had to download the PDF). Wait, one more *****... I think I got one of the ones with the bad speaker out jack issue. It says 16 Ω, 8 Ω and 8 Ω.... Not that I even have an external can to use right now, so, it’s a kinda moot point. But, eventually, I may want that fixed. *I had read online, in ONE post that you can record silently. It has a Line Out with speaker emulation. But, I need verification from Marshall before I go trying that little bit out. But, the Line Out means I can definitely run it with the band, through the PA. We’ll see how it works next Tuesday. I traded a Strat I haven't played much and got 10% off on the full retail value, which meant 300 bucks outta pocket. I can live with that! I want to beat it up for a while. Might sneak it up to the Open Mic tomorrow night to see how it hangs... Anyways, love my new Marshall.