A different take on Mesa Boogie from someone who loves his Express 5:25. It’s interesting to me why the amp works as it does but I’m really taken playing it. There have been threads of late about practice amps, bedroom amps, solid state amps, modeling amps, pedals for crunch and distortion. I can use my Boogie indoors at a volume I can sing over without a mic. I can dig in and push the amp to the edge of breakup. I can still have clean headroom outside the house, and I can play blow the windows out loud. Some of this is due to cascading gain but more of it seems more like magic. The only pedal I use is a Keeley compressor to give my single coil tone a little more thickness at low volume. My introduction to Boogie was a Mark IV in a GC while shopping for a guitar. It had the best low volume tone I’d ever heard. I didn’t need 90 watts but I kept my eyes open. Turns out a mom and pop in Maryland had an Express 5:25 for a crazy low price when the model changed to include equalization. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier with a piece of gear. Guitars, bikes, anything. Amazing.