This is an interesting article. I've had this 100W Marshall for quite sometime. I always felt it was waaaay too much for almost all the club venues that I played in NYC/NJ,Philly. I never really got to open it up at any venue. Now, I wasn't playing arenas, but I was playing in front of a few hundred to about 2000 people. All of the big clubs have a stage monitoring system with a sound man taking care of the stage sound. So, the only time I really got to open up this 100W Beast was during a recording session in a Studio set up just for that. I have been tempted to sell the Head for a combo with less wattage. Plus the Marshall head is soo freakin' heavy then adding the cabinet is a lot to lug around-Ooofff! (I'm getting old-LOL!!!) I have never used an attenuator. I wish I had one when I was playing those gigs. But, lugging that combination takes a toll on you. Now, I am in the pursuit of a more versatile amp that I can get some Arena tones and at the same time not be pissed off on stage because I can't crank it up properly. I like the features on some amps, whereas you can adjust the power wattage( Attenuate). I have to say, unless you're in a Death Metal band, you will most likely not need a 100W Beast. That is a matter of choice, though. I had played in some Loud Heavy bands, and was never really able to crank up my amp onstage, due to it's massive power. But I am now into finding a trusty handwired tube amp that won't destroy my back or my ears as well my savings account. I have seen a few, but need to save up. Thanks for the article!