Well, NAD was actually yesterday, but I could only dial it in today. I’ve had a used Micro Terror for about two months until I got fed up with the lack of reverb/effects loops and the fact it really only sounded good when it was too loud to use at home. So this one pops up in the local classifieds, is roughly around the corner (er... up a mountain in the Black Forest, in a dairy farm and after haggling the number of European Union credits to be traded for it I dove head first. First impressions when I plugged it in yesterday were along the likes of “meh, not bad, really like the Orange dirty sound, but missing something”. But today I got to set it up for my taste, and holy crap... First things first, that sucker is loud. I have it stuck at 2 at home, and it’s borderline as loud as I’m willing to play it at home. So I plug in my Tele and go to town on the controls. I ended up with a nice clean tone, roundish like a Blackface of sorts but without the sparkle. The dirty side was easy enough to dial in, but I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the clean sound. Not yet. I then rearranged my pedalboard around it. I’m rather minimalist. My main amp has a pedalboard consisting of a tuner and a Catalinbread Formula 55. This one is now hooked to a Boss TU3 -> MXR EQ -> Blues Driver (stock). That worked really, really well. The BD-2 brings the missing grit and sparkle to the clean sound, which is still round and full. Turn the EQ on for a boost, and I have all the crunch I could possibly want, and then I still have the dirty channel for extra giggles. The way I set it up, it really shines with single coils (which is what I like anyway). The Tele and Strat are a joy, and the cheap and cheerful Harley Benton DC Jr. ersatz is an angry little devil through it. I bought it mostly because I really like the Orange sound, but could never really bond with any of their valve amps (they all needed to be way too loud to show their stuff), and didn’t want to drag a pretty heavy boutique-ish amp to gigs that invariably end up with drunken people around it. All in all, pretty happy with it, looking forward to whenever I can go back to gigging to use it live.