This is the reason why I am really not sure about spending the money on a Mesa. I always wanted one but hearing stories about a hair's width turn of a small dial being the difference between that Mesa sound you want or something average is really not so appealing after spending so much. I heard stories about professional bands spending days dialing in to find that tone but when there, it's the best thing ever for them. I would be afraid of never finding that sweet spot at all given the almost watchmaker delicateness of getting there. The big pro to Mesa though is that they realized many amp manufacturers were designing perfect rigs but when it came to the assembly line that perfection went to waste with average tube selection and bias settings not optimized. So with Mesa you get a fixed bias and their selection of tubes so that you can't go wrong there. That's a big deal as it is amazing how many people who buy amps play them for years not sounding as they wanted and then finding out the bias was wrong all along. Plenty of people not liking the amp they bought and sending it back not knowing it wasn't biased properly but they went with another amp instead. So Mesa got that right and it paid off by putting the brand up there with the best of them. The more I think about people getting into the electric guitar for the first time the more I realize how much money can just go to the wind instead of spending it on something useful like coke, hookers, and booze.