…the TransTube, current model made in China. I’ve purchased three Envoy 110s over the years, a teal stripe, a silver stripe and a red stripe. Gave away two, sold one. I’ve also had other Peavey amps, namely Peavey Studio Pros and Bandits. I likewise gave away or sold all but one, my Bandit 65. I never meant to be without that amp, but sadly, it was stolen. I’ve thought numerous times about replacing the Bandit, but I’m at a point in my health/age when 40+ lbs. is a deterrent. So I’m thinking again about the Envoy 110. I’ve never owned the current production model, so I’ve got questions about it. The first question to come to mind was about the speaker simulated direct output on the rear panel. Does plugging into this jack defeat the output to the amp’s 10” Blue Marvel speaker? I’ve checked the online pdf manual for the amp, but when it describes this feature, it doesn’t say anything about the amp’s speaker continuing to work while you line out to a PA. The silver stripe version I used to have had an output jack on the rear panel, but plugging into that didn’t affect the operation of the speaker. A related question also pertains to the speaker simulated direct out. How does it sound? If you weigh in on this question with your opinion, it would help to know what you think of speaker sim direct outs in general. For example, a local sound guy/keyboard player is of the persuasion that all speaker sims sound like crap, and that you should always put an SM57 in front of an amp’s speaker. BTW, I don’t share his view. Or at least, I know of one notable exception. The Line Out from my Vox Pathfinder 15Rs going into a PA sounds very good, and when I use one of my 15Rs for larger venues/outdoor gigs, I prefer Line Out to a mic. But I digress. One more question: how does the current production model Envoy 110 sound? In a way, this could be the most important question. But for me, it’s almost an afterthought, because as a guy that’s owned several Peavey TransTube amps, including a silver stripe and a red stripe Envoy 110, I’m already fairly well convinced the current model will sound good as well. Plus, I’ve listened to quite a few YouTube videos on the little booger (including one by Willie Booger ).