You know okay...after 3+ decades of Marshall ownership...owning many of their different models...I have realized that the 800s, one like this 86' 2204, is arguably the best ever rock amp.. Their so simple...but their tone is so organic, highly dynamic, and punchy. It's really hard putting into words how these things really sound and feel like. I remember in the 90s when you couldn't give these things away...but now as people have realized what's important in guitar tone...not necessarily function...they've become highly desirable. They just sound killer and epitomize the 'Marshall sound'. I have other Marshalls that sound great...but offer far more function... but in the end you're always trying to get it to sound like an 800. I have been able to get a DSL 100 to get pretty close by replacing it's transformers with models that feature similar construction to the 800 era models, and by adding a choke. However...it just isn't quite as tight and articulate...even though it's red channel wails..it's still not the same. I also have a JVM205H (50w JVM) that I also modded with a choke...it sounds close too...but it's STILL not the same even though it offers 4x time flexibility. That laws of physics will not be denied...everything comes with a price. Having said all of this, I have to say though that if you are looking to purchase one...I'd say go for the 2203, the 100w model...I think they sound better then the 2204/50w model. Their not necessarily all that much louder, they just punch harder and are tighter in the low mid frequencies...with greater headroom. Downside is their damn heavy..weight wise!