hi all, been reading a lot on the Blackmore (read: "everything the Web offers and the manual"). From what I gather: its a bright amp, it does metal and then some, cuts through the mix esp. with the mid boost engaged and so on, very organic feel.... I agree with all this. BTW mine is an older 6L6 version. Tubes are JJ all around right now. Here are my questions, as I can't find the answer to them anywhere: 1 - (Mains question) I know it gets thin at high volumes. It does. I have read: "leave the Master vol high (above 12:00) and lower the preamp gain to get a thicker tone". The logic behind this is to tame the brightness by lowering the preap vol and use the PA section for thickness. Anyone try this? True or not? Any other advise? I play in band situation only, no large venues. 2 - Is it normal I'm always playing channel 4 (Lead High Gain) for metal?? (LOG, Veil, Within the Ruins, Faceless and such) or should chan 3 (Lead Lo Gain) be my main rhythm and use 4 for leads only?!? Hence the question: does chan 3 have enough distortion for this without a boost? 3- Is it normal I have to keep my presence almost off because it becomes so bright so quickly? 4 - How would it sound through a Krank oversized Eminence loaded cab (Legend 4x12) vs my Avatar Contemporary V30/k100 I have? Is the upgrade to a Mesa std (OS) V30 cab worth it? I've listed the styles played above, I use : Guerilla M6 Trench w/EMG 81-85 Custom (luthier made) RG-style 7-string w/DM blaze Jackson COW Sig w/Blackout (phase 2) G-Major 2 in the loop (set in serial mode - patch lvls maxed to avoid tone suck - this actually works well!) ISP ProRackG Amp is NOT boosted and will not be. I will def go and try everything mentioned on the amp and hear for myself, but I'm looking for other pple who have explored and experienced this amp before me! Thanks!!