Over the years, time has not been too kind to the Mode Four, although it's MF400 cabinets have a surprising fan base. When it debuted, it was pretty well received but within a few years, it found its way in the forgotten pile of Marshall's. Being the owner of one of these and two of the MF400 straight cabinets, I am biased to liking this amp, but I can see where MANY would not like it. Though it is a hybrid technically by having tubes in the preamp section, it IS a solid-state amplifier at the end of the day. (This actually the only solid-state Marshall I own but I can't help but like a lot that it is capable of. I do regret though buying it when it first came out because the price has fallen out DRASTICALLY since its initial run. You can find them used now for about $400 when they were $900 upon release) Holding it against an classic tube Marshall is really apples to oranges as it doesn't compare to something the akin to a SLP, 800, 900 or even a DSL. But it definitely stands apart from the Valvestate and MG amplifiers in my opinion. To me, it falls in the middle of both classes. But as I said, it is a very controversial amp it seems among players and other owners, for better or worse. What are your thoughts on this particular amplifier?