Ess, I never turn the gain downnnnnn Good suggestion.... I like the Boutique...Now I have Dumble GAS! Vic, I think Mesa uses EH tubes. They re-silkscreen as Mesa Engineering but they look like EH. I'll look at mine tonite...I have a bunch I took out. I upgraded to SED's and JJ ECC83's in my Dualie. Nice smooth Marshall brown, not too crunchy! I have the Soldano for ultimate crunch....Like a Marshall on steroids..