I wanted a great sounding,compact,lightweight,decently priced amp to play at home and to haul around when jamming with friends. I tried quite a few amps,and one of the first was the Stage. Came back full circle after all my trials and chose the Stage. I'm not a tube snob,but have always played tube amps. I kept an open mind and when all was said and done,the Stage turned me on and inspired me to play away. When I plug my Tele into it,it makes me smile.