Oops... I got another new amp! Was it really less than a month since I posted about the Yammy? *blush* I do like the Yamaha THR5, especially the cleans/crunch, and having a recording interface will come in very handy, but I found the distorted channels a little weak and lacking in something. I wanted a tube amp but was worried about the volume and the need to use pedals through the low wattage versions for distortion. After a lot of research I came up with a hybrid moddler: the Vox Valvetronix 20+. One of the best things about this amp was that it was cheap! £125 for one heck of a lot of sounds and effects. You can see from below picture that it's not a 'plug in and play' job but it doesn't take long to learn the most important parts. It's got 33 amp models (3 for each 'genre' on the dial), a whole host of effects including pedals like distortion and even a wah, which sounds extremely weird but is quite fun. It has a power tube (which I think is actually a pre-amp tube) which is supposed to give it warm, rounded tones. I'm not sure if this is the case as I don't have much experience with tube amps, but a lot of reviews say it gives a very good sound for an otherwise digital modelling amp. My favourite part of the amp, and the main reason why I got it, is that it can run at any power level from 0W to 30W, so you crank up the volume and master volume and still keep the volume at bedroom-friendly levels. I undestand that this process happens after engaging the power tube so you get tube tones at low volume. On the back there isn't much, just the power switch, power socket and an input for an optional footswitch. It's a fair amount larger than my Peavey even though it also has an 8" speaker and it doesn't fit in my amp storage nook! Oh well, minor concerns. How does it sound? Tasty! I won't go too much into it, I lack the experience to really compare to other amps, but I can say that I personally love it. I've spent quite some time trying to find an amp with distortion that's to my taste and this one really hits the nail on the head. It's got dark, loose distortion and tight, trebly distortion as well as satisfying crunches (my favourite being the Night Train model) and a selection of warm and jangly cleans. The effects are good too, although I rarely use more than a bit of chorus and reverb. The controls are quite wide and going from low to high on the gain and volume knobs makes a huge difference in dirt level. Sometimes the EQ knobs seem a bit unrepsonsive in comparision, but I haven't ever found them to be lacking, and they probably respond better at a higher volume. The amp responds very well to picking dynamics and changing distortion through guitar volume. In short, very fine amp for practice and bedroom playing. Here's one last picture, guitar for scale! It's a shame it's such a dull rainy day today, my pictures are a bit off.