I bought this last week on Sweetwater for $299. I thought it was a steal so I grabbed it. It arrived a day earlier than anticipated so that was refreshing. It's a 2 channel amp with a basic control layout. Powered by 2 Ruby EL34's and has 2 12ax7's in the preamp. There is some debate online as to wether it's a pure valve amp as advertised or if there is some diode clipping happening. Fwiw I don't really care....the amp sounds killer! It's a loud 20 watts as well. I can see this amp being plenty loud even in a medium to large venue. In a large venue I'm sure I'd monitor some of the guitar. The OD channel has quite a variety of tones available from low gain bluesy to high gain rock. Each channel has its own volume control and the amp has a master volume. @Chad asked about the clean channel so here's my take. The only controls are a single tone and volume knob. I think the tone knob does an adequate job on its own but a small EQ pedal would really bring it to life. You need to keep the channel volume above noon or else the overall volume won't match the OD channel. I wouldn't think you'd want it any lower than that anyway. With the volume at about 1-2 0'clock you can get a really good clean sound without any breakup. As you increase the volume the amp begins to break up very nicely. It's advertised as a boutique style clean channel but since I've never played a 5e3 style amp I can't really compare and contrast. However as you get more and more break up it gets a nice chewy feel that really get a great fender-ish type sound. In all honesty the neck pickup on my Strat really sounds good on this channel. Much better than the Les Paul. That's not to say the Paul doesn't sound good, it's just the Strat shines a little brighter. A boost pedal pushing the amp here would be heaven for a blues guy. Overall, for what I bought it for...a practice/recording amp....I couldn't be happier.