Been looking for a new amp head to go with the cab I loaded about a month or so ago. I almost bought a new Orange TH30 but at roughly $1100, I was not in a hurry to pull the trigger. Then I saw this one at Guitar Center for about half of a new one and decided to take a chance. I'm glad I waited. Have not really tried it out yet. Got home late last night and fired it up just to ensure it worked. Only was able to put the volume on 2 with the guitar volume also on 2. I will put it through the paces today though. I went ahead and bought a full set of the Genalex Gold Lion replacement tubes. I figure even if I don't use them in this amp, they will be good to have on hand. This beast takes nine tubes for a full replacement. Having never paid much attention to the TH30 in the store, it's also bigger (and heavier) than I was expecting. Of course my wife says "well, there's your Christmas present."