Time will tell if it's reliable or not. My Marshall TSL 100 bought in 1998 was Marshall's flagship at the time and came with a bias drift problem, eating power tubes due to bad circuit board material. There's nothing that doesn't breaks down; I could tell you that my job is fixing things that shouldn't break down, even stuff that costs more than a million dollars without getting into details. Rule #1 on everything you buy - wait and wait until you buy it, the first units always come with problems that are latter fixed. The Bugera 1960 Infinium has been out for many years already and I'm sure they've learned with the faults they've encountered and changed what needed to be changed. This amp sounds phenomenal with Greenbacks (Marshall 425A), the price tag is just another big plus. I would buy it for it's tone only - pure punch that shakes the walls, screams everything that you do on the guitar / no stiffness at all, it's the most responsive amp I have (on pair with my Vox AC30). If you like bends, sustain, ringing notes, bite, crunch it's there - Cream / Clapton instant woman tone, Alvin Lee, Jimi, Page, Angus, Slash, Moore, Green, everything's there.