I could have gotten the DSL40C—money was not an object—but I needed something that was easy to carry for jamming with friends and easy on my injured back. Plus, I already had a half stack and needed something different and apartment friendly. The DSL15C fit the bill best. Despite its compact size, it's no lightweight, either. I am not sure why people say that the DSL15C has too much gain on the Ultra Channel. While it does have a lot of gain on tap, all gain between 1 and 5 is useable. The two tracks I posted in my previous post were recorded with Gain on 5. Sounded great, in my opinion.