So I was in Harrisburg yesterday for a dr. appointment. I needed some strings ASAP and because BCR was closed, I decided to stop in at guitar denter. I’ve also been looking for a living room level amplifier / practice amplifier / laptop interface that actually sounds good. I have a gsp1101 processor in my stage rig that has most of the requirements, but, its in a giant, heavy rack and doesn’t have its own speakers and it’s just basically a PITA to use it in the living room.. So I took a look around… and there sits a THR-10 in an unopened box.. It came in on the truck that morning and they hadn’t even opened it….. Soooo I got a monkey to open it up for me, plugged it in, gave it a quick run through with a p-90 equipped LP special…… dam.. sounds pretty good.. Bought it.. OK.. got it home, unpacked it .. and this is basically what ya got to deal with: Controls are pretty self explanatory.. Hold the tap button down for the tuner.. once you get your tone dialed in, hold down one of the preset buttons and its stored.. you can then make any changes your want and hit the button again and it will revert to that preset until you turn one of the knobs again. Pretty nifty. The guitar and USB knobs are used to dial the amp sound into the mix of an Ipod or the like.. works very well. I dialed a Judas Priest sound in, then hooked up the Ipod and played along with heading out to the highway, and after some tweaking… it was just like KK had gotten drunk and recorded his tracks!! LOL The Effect and Delay knobs are similar to the Marshalls with multiple effects on one knob.. you set the depth of the effect by turning knob and the rate with the tap tempo button.. works OK.. Chorus is great, reverbs are excellent. Delay is good.. didn’t mess with much else.. NOW.. I didn’t dick with it yet.. but…there is an editor available for use with a laptop that allows you to hook the buggar up tp a PC and make more detailed adjustments to the effects (like delay time, feedback, frequency cut.. etc), Change the cabinet for the amp model, add compression and a noise gate, etc. These can then be save to the computer as presets for use with recording software, but they can also be saved to the amp at the same time by holding a preset button down. I need to get this because I am not happy with the tone of the “Modern” amp model, and changing the cabinet may solve this. On to the sound test: First guitar was my H.E.L. Tele with a lil’ 59 in the bridge and an Alnico2 in the neck.. Cleans are AWESOME.. AWESOME.. with low output pickups like the Alnico 2, you can get a perfect clean sound (with different voicings) up through the “Brit” amp model just by rolling the volume back (its not necessary to roll it off on Clean or Crunch with the A2) The Lil 59 cleaned up completely on Clean, Crunch and lead.. but in “brit” mode, it never got completely clean unless rolled the gain on the amp back as well. I was really impressed with the warmth of the amp… it does sound really good at living room levels. I would say it reacts as good, if not better, than a tube preamp to changes in the volume and tone level of your guitar. So then I tried my H.E.L. Valkyrie with Duncan Mustaine actives through it (active JB and jazz) .. Clean is still great.. however, with the higher output pickups, “Crunch” actually became “Crunch” and great for bluesy type stuff. “Lead” was perfect for classic Rock, “Brit high” is hot rodded JCM 800 range. I was not impressed with the “modern” amp model with either guitar.. to dark and flubby.. it will not clean up with either pickup… SOOOOOoo I tried my old Mesa DR trick with it.. turn the gain down until palm muting gets tight (around 12 Oclock on this amp) and then add an OD pedal set as a booster…(level at 2 oclock, drive at 9 o clock).. BINGO.. flubby ness gone… brutal gain.. but its still dark.. I will try and change this when I load the editor software by changing the cabinet and adding a compressor… Next I tried the clean channel with a Metal Zone in front of it.. AWESOME.. I still have a LOT of playing around to do with the thing, but, my overall impression is that the sound quality of it is very good and living room levels, and that’s exactly what I was looking for. However.. its still pretty dam loud if you want it to be… Finally, tried it on battery power and WHOO HOO! Jam anywhere! So far, I am most impressed with the clean and OD sounds.. very nice.... need to play around withe editor to see if i can tweak the Modern some to get the muddy darkness out of it.. but all in all i'm very happy.