I'm in a bit of a quandry. I said bye-bye to my Blackstar Silverline 50 last week, due to deciding I didn't want to do the Swiss Army Knife/Jack of All Trades modeling route. I'm gun shy about ordering an amp online (without trying it out first) after getting a Friedman from Sweetwater a couple of years ago, and having it be a dud for me soundwise. So, that left me my local favorite guitar shop for an amp source. I paid a visit last Friday with my trusty Britt Daniel Thinline, and tried out a couple of Tonemaster Deluxe Reverbs, and a Bassbreaker 15. I've been reading good things about the Tonemasters. I like their light weight, and while they are modeling amps, they only model ONE specific amp (not umpteen other ones like your typical modeling amp). The Bassbreaker was OK, but I especially liked the sound of the Tonemasters - with the proviso that they don't do dirt without dirt pedals. I was surprised by this, since IMO, while a Deluxe Reverb at full throttle isn't exactly a metal amp (and yes, while I am 57 years old, I still like my metallic guitar sounds, though I have become more eclectic musically as I've gotten older), it can still raunch out pretty well. I figured the light weight of the Tonemaster, and its reliability (no tubes mounted directly to a circuit board [to sale on cost], to cook out the traces over time), were definite pluses in its favor. So, I put a Blonde Tonemaster Reverb on layaway. Besides, I figured, I'd use dirt boxes to get my distorted tones with the amp. Oh yeah, and I liked the power scaling feature, that makes the amp apartment friendly. I planned in paying off, and picking up the Tonemaster today after work, but I'm having second thoughts. Normally I like amp that get a bit overdriven, when you crank it up. The Tonemaster only got kind of gritty sounding, and a clean boost pedal used to try and push it into overdrive did nothing. This means, that my dirty sound would basically be the pedal, and that's it - the amp would just basically be acting like a mutant power/PA amp. I'm wondering if I shouldn't just switch over to a Marshall Origin, or a DSL? What are your thoughts on the issue? The Tonemaster is nice and light, has power scaling, but is clean, clean, clean. Higher gain amps do the dirt, but are probably not as reliable.