Arrived this afternoon. My Bassman TV has no gain, so I wanted something similar where I could avoid using pedals if I so wished. My first impressions are that this is an excellent amp - for my purpose which is recording direct. The emulated cab output over XLR is excellent, no load box required. We come to the big question: do I prefer this over the Bassman with the pedalboard. Simple answer is: yes I do - so far.