I can't justify it either, but I'm not getting any younger. I haven't had a nice tube amp since a late-'60s Twin Reverb was just used, not vintage!
The Rude Mood takes the Ivan one step further with the separate power sections - otherwise it's the same concept. What the RM doesn't have is variable voltage to take it down to two watts. That's kind of got me. I don't have much occasion to crank 20 watts up to power tube distortion. But it's a $1,000 decision. I need to talk to Randy about variable voltage.
I think Randelli's idea of "combining" two amp styles is pretty smart. However, all of that (Ivan, Rude Mood, Pheaz, etc) is well beyond my needs, and to a lesser extent my means, currently. I couldn't really justify to myself the need to spend that much right now - at my skill level.
However, when I've been playing as long as you, maybe I'll hit you up and see if you can make me a deal on your used Ivan.
Pricey is right. But I think it'd hold its value quite well, with little depreciation. Component and design-wise, the experts here that I trust give it the highest marks, and I've heard them played live. There's a new member who lives five miles from the "factory" and who has played them.
Not a decision to be taken lightly - I've been mulling it over for two months. And now I hear member Randelli's Rude Mood amp is fantastic, and I believe it's about 1/2 the price. We'll see. As you know, you can shop 'til you drop.
I'm sure some of it is, but I'm just as sure some of it's not, kwim?
As much as I defend amp modeling, there will always be something special about tubes - most relevantly if they're the right tubes. And those Classics are nice amps. Never played one, but I've heard one plenty.
I'm looking very seriously at the Category 5 Ivan. I "know" in advance how much better that will be than my POD but, at that price, it had better be!
I don't know if it's a placebo effect or what, but the Classic 30 sounds TONS better than the Spider III. It's MUCH more responsive to pick attack and the controls (tone, reverb) are much more .... subtle. You can dial in a sound with small changes. It's pretty cool.
There are at least 4 or 5 ways I can connect the Digitech MFX. Haven't had time to figure out what sounds "best" yet.
BTW - added pics to my NAD thread if you're interested.
:aaargh: Figures. Had a boat load of RCA cable I dug out of my "stuff" pile. Got two XLR --> RCA adapters. Strung everything up and then one of the spring clips on the back of the speakers - where the speaker wire attaches - broke.
So, now I've to fix that or solder a bit of wire on permanent with a connector of somekind or something. . The ONE speaker worked though. Sounds pretty good, I guess. Need to fix that speaker and fool with the setup some more.