I am admittedly a tube amp snob - I have always preferred the feel and sound of tube amps over any solid state or modeling amp. Still do, but haven't ever really found something non-Kemper and affordable that had that tube-amp feel to it. I was looking for a good inexpensive practice amp, fairly no frills, just wanted it to sound good at low volumes and maybe take it with me to a band practice, hold its own - something to stand in for the '59 Bassman LTD - "inexpensive" and Bassman-like sound seemed an impossible goal. My most recent find of a Harvard Reverb II had some issues so it ended up going back. Sounded ok for 80s solid state, not bad, but not "wow" either. Ran across a used Blues Cube Hot at a local store for $350 which made it a somewhat reasonable price in my mind. It sounded better than anything else affordable that I had plugged into in for a long time. I think my goto practice amp in time will be a Princeton Reverb, but for now, this should do nicely.