I've been keen on getting a tube poweramp for my axe fx II for a while now, partly to see what I've been missing, as I haven't owned a tube amp in many years at this point, and partly because I've not been 100% on my axe fx through a solidstate poweramp. My current poweramp is a real cheap number though, so that may well be the reason. pics: The guy I bought it from was also nice enough to give me a 6 space SKB rack case for free, to ship it in. Great news for me, as my rack is only 3 spaces, and it wouldn't have fit both the axe fx and 2/50/2. first test, very happy with the sound. Please pay no mind to my tiny, pathetic pedalboard. The photos are a bit splotchy as there is dust under the lens of my phones camera, and I don't know how to get it out. There aren't spots on my cab. On to the sound. I've had this since yesterday afternoon, and I've been playing around with it since, so take my review with a grain of salt, I'm still very much in the honeymoon phase, and only have a day's experience with it. Maybe I'll bump the thread in a month, if I remember. The previous owner had it serviced and retubed by Mike Hill in 2016 and it is tubed with Mike Hill Elite EL34's. Does anyone know anything about these? I googled Mike Hill and he seems like a big deal in the amp tech game here in the UK, but I don't know anything about the tubes he uses. I'm guessing he just rebrands whatever he likes, like what ruby, groove tubes, mesa, et al do. Overall, it sounds great. I wish I had a nice solidstate amp to compare it to, as I've been using the poweramp out of a really cheap 100 watt Kustom PA speaker to power my axe fx and cab, and it wasn't great. Not the fairest comparison, but I'll make it anyway. I also have the fx loop of my Marshall Valvestate but I don't really like using that poweramp, I thought the Kustom PA speaker's poweramp sounded better. Compared to the solidstate amp, the Fryette is a lot thicker on the bottom end and smoother/clearer on the top end. The closest settings to 'neutral,' basically where my patches sounded the same (ish) without needing to be tweaked was depth at 0, presence at around 8:00 or 9:00. However I changed my patches slightly so I've deviated from that a bit. My old poweramp cut bottom end, and also was very bright/fizzy on the top end, so it needed a boost to lows (either an EQ after the amp or a parallel speaker block turned down way low with a low-pass), and a low pass to cut off the fizzy high frequencies. The Fryette doesn't need either of those, as it brings some really chunky thick lows, and the high end is very clear. Overall, its just much more fun to play on. Palm mutes have more punch and overall the sound is more clear and present. Theres a depth the sound has, that my cheap solidstate poweramp did not have. Whether thats down to tubes vs. solidstate, or whether its just because I had a cheap solidstate amp, I don't know. However after watching Steve Fryette's 'Modeling Workshop' videos on youtube, I'm inclined to believe it has to do with the way solidstate works vs tube amps, as there are some inherent differences in the way they work, and the way they interact with the speakers. I also have to say something about the volume control. The taper is really good, and you can really fine-tune low volumes with it. Luckily I live alone in a well-insulated, detached house, so I can play as loud as i want, but its really nice to have a usable volume control that doesn't go from too quiet at 0.9 to head-blown-off-loud at 1.0. There is a 'level' button, which as I understand it, shaves 10db off the signal to make the volume knob more functional at low volumes, but I don't have it engaged, I don't think I need it. I'm using it on class A/B mode, voicing switch out. The voicing switch adds a bit of volume, and a ton of upper mids and high end. It basically turns any patch into an over-the-top djent machine. It would probably come in handy with a really dark preamp. Class A mode is also pretty cool. Hard to describe, the sounds is a bit louder, sweeter on the top end, more mids and 'squishiness' to the sound. I prefer A/B for metal. For light gain and cleans, Class A mode may be better, but I haven't got around to trying those kinds of sounds yet. Overall it changes the character a bit, and its a cool option. The fan speeds up when I turn it on, so I assume it must make things run hotter.