So you don't consider offering a link for a guide to do a full conversion from early circuit to late circuit 2204 contributing in any way then? Or offering an opinion on the early version of the 2204? (which I always considered to have neither appealing factors of either the 1987 or the cascaded 2204 - dull city) There are ways to improve such as lowering the resistor across the plates on v2 as you suggested and increasing plate resistors elsewhere, but it still doesn't do anywhere near enough to improve the tone of these IMO. The best way around it is to do the full cascade. Which gives you better tonal range on both hi and lo inputs. Moreover, if we'd bother to delve in a little deeper, from pictures of the original posters amp on other threads, it's obvious that his amp is already quite heavily modded around the inputs, and quite possibly contributing to the tone issues. But of course, nobody's bothered to ask about whether or not it's modded. However, it does help to offer this information when asking questions about one's amp.