My '77 SF Champ never fails to inspire me. But the Champ now has two challengers: Challenger #1 is a Kustom Dart 10 I picked up a couple-three years ago when the local Bain Big Box was blowing them out for $40. Its highly satisfactory performance as a ukulele amplifier immediately justified the investment, even if it proved useless as a guitar amp. For a long time, it seemed it was useless as a guitar amp, due to limitations imposed by the 6.5" speaker and the single voicing control. However, it was acceptable as a headphone amp in the clean mode. Recently, I began experimenting with the gain circuit, and found some more rewarding settings, and just yesterday discovered a combination that actually sounds good through the speaker. Challenger #2 is a Vox DA5 which was my teenaged son's first amp. He had given it back to me after it quit working with its wall-wart power supply (and after I had given him a Peavey Vypyr 15). I still need to track down and fix the broken PCB trace, but was happy to confirm a couple of days ago that it functions with batteries. After playing without effects for many years, I soon discovered that I still have a weakness for a phase shifter. I rather expect, though, that the Champ will continue to be my chief source of inspiration.