This arrived much quicker than I was expecting! Well packed also. She Lives And my somewhat messy setup at the moment 3 channel non-multiwatt Dual Rectifier. I've always wanted a recto, my favorite tones pretty much all come from rectos, and this one popped up for a price I couldn't sleep on, so here it is. It arrived yesterday afternoon and I've been playing around with it ever since. Very loud amp, that volume control jumps up pretty quick. Luckily my normal home volume is just about where the volume jumps up when the loop is bypassed. This is making me appreciate the smooth taper of my 2/50/2's volume even more. As you can see from the pics above of the tubes, it has an odd pair of JJ's in there with the STR420's. I did some googling and it looks like the STR420's are discontinued now, so I assume they're the originals, and the JJ's got put in presumably when one died. That makes me think the preamp tubes are also probably original (not taken off the covers on them to check yet). Judging by the serial number I guess it was made at some point in the mid-2000's so the tubes are probably over a decade old. As far as sound, its very similar to my 3 channel recto patch in the axe fx, which isn't that surprising, really. Pretty heavy sounding, tons of bottom end. As I've only had an evening to mess with it so far, I haven't experimented a ton yet, and I haven't run my axe fx through its loop to compare preamps. I did do a quick comparison of Recto vs Axe FX II into 2/50/2, and the Axe FX is a lot more polished sounding, maybe more mushy on the bottom end. This was like 5 minute comparison though, I'll do more in-depth comparisons to decide which I want to keep (as much as I'd like to keep it all, I don't want to get into a position where I've got a room full of amps). The presence control on the Red Modern channel doesn't bite my head off like I read it should do, I can get it to half way and it isn't super fizzy so that may be a case of needing new tubes. Now some questions for you guys On my axe fx I tend to dip 400hz a few dB with an EQ, I tried that on the Recto and it works well, however enabling the loop adds a lot of fizz, is that normal? Or is the FX Loop tube on its way out? Would a darker tube or lower gain tube in V4 address that? I've been reading a lot about tubes the last week or so, and I've learned that I know very little about tubes. What are you guys using in your Rectos and other amps? I want to stick to 6L6 in the poweramp, but I'm open to suggestions on brand, type, etc. I have a vague idea of what I want to put in the preamp. I see a lot of people recommending Tung Sol reissue 12AX7 for V1, so I'll try that, as well as some JJ's and chinese 12AX7's and roll them around to see what works. I'm also open to suggestions here.