Well for all day yesterday that I was home, and most of today I've just been playing the AMP...no pedals. Which is rare for me. I looooove the drive of this amp. OMG, did I just say that? Finally an amp I can stand to play straight through that isn't a little 10w combo that isn't loud enough to gig with. But I did give in and start going through my board and I have a bit of a problem. All of my drives on the board right now are a bit too dark and midrangey for this beast. It's a fat sounding warm midrangey amp. It loves my "effects", but like 2/3rds of my drive section just won't work for me. So I need some transparent or brighter drives like pretty damn quick. OMG I miss my tubescreamer collection baaaaaah, etc. I'm used to pushing some serious mids with my smiley face EQ amp. This amp is deep, midrangey as I said, and maybe a bit more beefy than what I'm used to. I tried messing with the EQ on my drives, and it just doesn't quite cut it, except for a couple of pedals. So that's a major change for me. I have to deal with it. Can't be too bassy or midrangey, I needs me some upper mid and treble and or a flat eq (truly flat) or even a bit scooped. It's truly a different ballgame. So I have those kinds of pedals hanging out on a shelf. I'm thinking things that maybe aren't as high in gain, and more boosty/light drivey type stuff with maybe one medium/medium high gain if I want to go totally clean on the amp. I think my Winford Drive will stay because the EQ is so damn versatile I can make that sucker sound good into anything. That will be my gut buster I think. I also can make it a boost very nicely also. Yeah, it's staying put. The thing is, I'm not selling my vintage Black/Silver Fenders either. So where as before my board worked with all of my amps because they all had the same EQ/tone curve, not it's not so. I'm thinking of making half of my drives work for one and half for the other, as I really don't want more than one board together at a time. But I don't want more drives than I have now. Instead of 6 maybe 3 and 3 or 4 and 4 (though it would be 8, hmm). So tomorrow is going to be dedicated to playing musical overdrives and swapping them out to find what I need and rebuild the dirt side of my board. I will however, likely be selling my 65amps Ventura at some point and DEFINITELY the 5153. I might hang onto the Ventura, we'll see. I want to try some new tubes in it and see if maybe I like it better. Seems a bit quiet for being 20w. The 5153 though is just not my bag. I'm a single channel amp man.