I'm going to try moving back to an amp after years with amp sims (currently AT4 and Thermionik). In the hunt for something small and really versatile, I've been angsting over the Hughes & Kettner GM40 versus the Mark V 35. Most of my playing will be straight into the DAW, so if I get the Mark, I'll also pick up a Suhr or Two Notes load box. I've found tons and tons of info on each amp but almost nothing coming from anyone who actually owns or who is really experienced with BOTH of them. Just wondering if anyone here could offer some tips. Like I said, I've done a lot of reading already, so totally not worried about EL84s. My ears simply do not care and my DAW skills can absolutely compensate for the lack of big power tubes. Price is not an issue either. Both amps used are within my budget. While I spend like 90% of my amp sim time with a Mark IV model, I did have a TM18 a few years ago and loved the cleans more than any other amp I've used or modeled. Not "hi-fi" but "crystalline and beautiful" to my ears. But it just didn't have the balls for hard rock and metal. The GM40 seems to address those issues. I really like the idea of the built-in noise gate and effects. On the other hand, the Mark V is, well, a Mark V. Both of these amps are pulling equally strong on me but there can be only one. Unfortunately, I can't demo both locally, much less with my DAW setup and monitors.