It's been a long time I was wandering around here. It the time I bought the first JVM JS limited blue in my country, hell, It must have been one of the first hitting European land from UK. It was my first big purchase, a gift for myself after a few years of misery. But I almost hated the amp. I tried so many things like biasing, switching all kind of tubes, cabs, guitars, you name. It always sounded flubby, poor pickup response, raising gain equaled mud, there always was something in the gain structure I never liked. I even had it sent back to Bletchley and had talks with Santiago, all super super helpful beyond anything. The said they replaced the board and tubes and upon getting it back with the greatest expections, nothing had changed. I held on for a long time as it was a big purchase but it was only collecting dust and I didn't dare to mod a signature amp. So have been to Friedman BE, Runt, Smallbox, Laney Ironheart (this one was pretty cool though!), Axe FX etc and these units surely sounded nice, don't get me wrong! But I always have been fond of tones like AC/DC, early Van Halen, Nuno bettencourt.... yeah you know that drill if you are like me so the pull to Marshall always has been big. I came across a cheap JVM which I was not able to buy, but it made look at some tube vids where I came across a guy Shawn Talyer, nailing some frigging nice old skool Van Halen, yup and that bug in my head was lit up again.... and made remember the mod community on jvmforum because Shawn did a few mods (plexi cap, neg feedback, choke). So I have been on the hunt and just got one stock JVM410h half stack this week. Well and I'll be darned... I'm frigging floored! Such great attack, punch, response. Everything the JS WAS NOT and what I wanted it to be!!! How could that be possible ??? Man, even my Taiwanese DS-1 sounds quite good through Clean orange mode holy cow!!! Satch used that for years and indeed on a lot of amps it does not sound good, but it works on the JVM !!! I'm having so much fun with this amp now. I can't believe all the hate I have read, even from Marshall lovers who swear on the old ones. OD1 orange is so much crunch with the right sizzle! Luv it! And at the end it is simple... you want AC/DC, early Van Halen, Nuno bettencourt tones? Well just get a Marshall, end of story. I have been purchasing to many dreams and stuff, until expensive Friedman stuff, and they sound amazing in their own way, and might be based on Marshalls, but they are just not Marshalls in the end. Amen and thanks for reading! Now my Helix in 4CM and I'm juiced up.