Here's the deal: I've been playing guitar for a bit over ten year now, and bass almost as long. I have however never owned an amp, aside from my tiny Roland bedroom Cube. It's strange, but for me “tone” has always been quite low on the priority list. During rehearsals I've been more focused on the group effort and at home, writing and playing technique has been my main interest. Every now and again I get the urge to get a real amp though, but it always boils down to the same problem. My musical spectrum is quite broad. I play classical guitar regularly, and a lot of jazz and blues with grandpa (that's early 1900s jazz mind you). With friends I play 80s rock and metal, some charming ballads for them ladies, and a bit of crap and hipity-hop. Personally, I play the intricate and technical stuff – like Opeth, Dream theater, Tool and the like. Aaand therein lies the problem. When I've been on amp hunt earlier, everything's either been to expensive, or too simple. And while I don't frown upon simplicity – I actually and honestly respect it – I've not really felt like I know what I want. Sure, a 5150 sounds great, might well be “the” amp for chuging. And the super reverb. My kingdom for those cleans. But its like comparing apples and oranges. And I've always wanted a fruit salad hahah... The options that has actually been interesting is stuff like the Engl e670 and H&K Triamp. Those price tags though. Music might be my passion, but it is only a hobby. I'm not going broke for something I “want” but don't exactly “need”. Enter the Kemper. I've heard so much good about this thing I'm actually starting to believe it. It seems like the Ideal option. But, is it a good starter amp? Will it even work on its own, or do I still need an amp to dial in the tones I want to profile? What cab/monitors would I want? I believe a lot of you has had this issue before me, or something similar. And as someone who values the experience and ideas of others, you are all welcome to partake in this discussion – whatever your opinion might be. This became much more of a self centred ramble than an actual discussion point. That's not what I really planed. Well. There you go I guess.