After reading years of glowing reviews for the Yamaha THR line of amps, and looking for something that would give me the quality high gain tones I crave at low volume, I decided to give the THR10 a try. GC 15% coupon in hand, I trucked it on down to my local store. All they had in stock was the 10X. Boo! So I placed an order for the 10 to be shipped to the store, with an ETA of 1 week. While waiting anxiously, I kept reading and watching all I could about them, and came to the conclusion that perhaps the 10X is the version for me. All gain, all the time, plus the Bass setting, and no unnecessary (for me) Acoustic setting. Knowing I could return it if I didn’t love it, I went back down to GC, got them to honor the 15% discount, and headed home with the 10X under my arm. Turns out I really like it! The tones are convincing (WAY better than my now-sold Micro Cube), the feature set is deep, the effects and reverb sound good. I dig the retro styling and the battery-powered portability, and the auxiliary input puts me right in the mix. The Brown 1 channel alone is worth the price of admission. So I’m rocking out at home, waiting to get the word that my THR10 has reached the store. Sure enough, it arrives a few days later than promised, and I bring that bad boy home. And…underwhelmed. The tones were not all that I been expecting based on all of the positive feedback I had read. They sounded unconvincing and toy-ish to me. But surely the high gain settings will deliver, based on what I’d heard from the 10X? Nope. My least favorite channel on the 10X (Southern) sounded better than either the Brit Hi or Modern setting on the 10. I know I’m in the minority with this opinion, but the heart wants what the heart wants. I’m glad I waited as long as I did to pull the trigger on one of these. If I had purchased when the THR10 was the only model Yamaha sold, I wouldn’t have kept it, and I doubt I would have given the 10X or 10C a chance. As it is now, it’s a major victory for the forces of Rocking Out Quietly. Now on to installing the THR Editor and Cubase software, and getting to Demo City!