To a very good friend. Sure, it was (and still is) a great amp. But, I’ve always had a hankering for a good ol’ 4 input Marshall, and carrying a 45lb combo was getting old with the 50-watter. So, that being said, what did I get, if I sold my Origin? I have taken a Studio Vintage Head and 2x12 cab under my wing. What made me get the head and 2x12 cab? I had my eyes on this setup ever since they had come out with it a year or so ago when the Marshall rep had came into our shop with this head and the JCM800 combo, and fell in love with it then. So how does it sound? In a word, brilliant. When cranked above about 4 with a humbucker guitar, the power tubes start to distort in a very musical way that is all Marshall. One thing I have noticed, though, is most of the gain is coming from the power tubes. If I roll back the volume on my pedalboard using the effects loop, it cleans up, giving you the Bassman sort of cleans, while the preamp section doesn’t have too much gain. About the size, it does the big amp thing when pushed hard, as in, you feel the air moving. I wasn’t expecting it, and I haven’t really experienced it, due to never pushing my 100 watt Fender Twin to its limits (and it being a Pro Tube Twin Amp, I left it on quarter power). And, if the 50 watt combo’s weight annoyed me, why go with a head and 2x12? Most places I play, until I get a bar band going again, want me to either plug into a cabinet they supply, or go direct in using the DI out. The combo was unnecessary for that purpose, and now, the head is so much easier to transport. Also, I’d rather carry a head and a separate speaker cabinet, as it distributes the weight better now that I’ve had more experience. All in all, I’ve been in love with this amp ever since I brought it home last week. Everything I’ve wanted in a British amp.