A few months ago when I joined the band, I started looking into different options to record guitars for our demos. Although my trusty old POD HD300 is still very useful, I seem to be spending way too much time bent over it trying to dial in tones. Obviously I can hook it up to my computer, but, meh... My Marshall 100W is out of the question, of course. Although I did look into DI options, such as CabClone and the others... I liked the consistency it afforded me, admitting that I'd be using the Marshall as my main amp for rehearsals and live venues. I was an early adopter of amp sims and, later, speaker and cabinet impulses, so running the aux out into my audio interface and using a virtual cab sim would have been another option, but anything I can do without software, I prefer... So I kept looking, but I just wasn't convinced. One of the options I looked into was a Marshall Code head. I loved the fact that I could keep it on my desk and that everything was easily accessed. But the one amp that really surprised me was the Boss Katana. Unfortunately, I hated the idea of having the controls on top of the amp, in the back. That would have made little improvement over the floorboard POD HD. But then last night as I mentioned to a friend that I was in the market for a small amp, he reminded me of the Katana. Went back online and found a sweet deal on a blemished Katana Artist - which has the controls in front. I was pretty much sold but still hesitated. Then I started thinking about band rehearsals - do I really want to carry my half stack around? Noooooooo. A 100W combo suddenly sounded like a must-have. With the option to be recorded DI via USB, edited via software but still eminently tweakable directly... And for exactly the amount of birthday money in my account? How could I NOT order it? Should be here Thursday. Can't wait to receive it.