NEW AMP DAY!!! plus long over due NAD!!! two for the price of one! 1 - Peavey VTM120 head. recently found while browsing a little music shop run by an elderly couple during a visit to Ontario. been GASing hard for one and seeing as its somewhat rare to find one i HAD to get it and mail it back home to BC been jamming at home but only very quietly and it sounds AMAZING! no joke! of course i boost it and have an eq in the loop. its reeeeally good! total "brootz"! very 5150-ish. ridiculously loud just at 1 vol. has that very aggressive grinding low mids thing going on. almost a mix of 5150/vh140. (i own both btw) without the boost and eq its a decent amp, but with it id say its perfect! it has tiny dip switches for popular hotrodded marshall mods that can push it into (when boosted) serious death metal territory. loving it. and this is essentially the lowest volume (without it sounding super thin and completely void of lowend....you know, right after that when it starts sounding normal). so i CANNOT WAIT to get it to band practice (which was cancelled today ) apparently these are very mod friendly. i want to add a resonance knob so i can get rid of the eq. my only real complaint is that its only 1 channel. obviously id like to add another. in the end if im being SUPER realistic 8.5/10. and can only get better! 2 - Crate XLP 1u SS preamp (crate gx-130 (close clone to ampeg vh140) in preamp form) bought this a while ago here on SSO from jorgercrosa ! (THANKS AGAIN) so obviously its stupid brutal. very close to the ampeg vh140 but not exact. tons of low end. and agressive low mids. not quite as grindy/mean and in your face as the ampeg. but a serious beast none the less for sure! as usual for me i do boost it for tightness. its naturally has almost like a neck pickup kind of fat lowend to it. a little round and squishy. this is not a bad thing. boosting this sound has wicked results, fat but very tight and articulate even with gain on full. id say its a bit on the dark side though so an EQ in the loop helps bring it out front with some sizzle (as james brown would say ) ive played it through the power section of my vh140/jsx (which i sold) as well as my mag44 and they all sound really good. i have gigged with the XLP/mag44 numerous times since ive had it and have loved every second of it. thanks for reading. my next venture is finding a peavey rockmaster pre and peavey classic 50/50 power amp (for its resonance/presence controls!) so hopefully ill be back here talking about those sooner or later.