I have to admit I hadn't played a DSL until today, specifically a DSL40C.... it's SAH-WEET!!! Ok, so I have had a slightly negative view towareds the DSL line of amps until today. I also admit it is stupid to form an opinion on something you havent experienced. My reasoning was because in any videos or clips I have viewed/listened to, the amp had a very "modern" voicing. I absolutley love the early Marshall tones ala JTM45, 1959 Superlead, JMP and JCM800. The DSL's voicing to my ears is almost an exaggeration of the signiture "Marshall sound" and again I admit it is pretty fking sweet! Now I only played it for maybe 2 hours but I was able to dime it and experience it as intended. I found all the features both useful and pleasing, an incredible range of "Marshall" tones, from bluesy cleans all the way to high gain metal. While I still stand by it being voiced more "modern", I do find it capable of getting in near the ballpark of some vintage sounds but it definitley wouldnt be my first choice for vintage Marshall tones. I found myself as I experimented with all the channels thinking "no doubt this sounds like pure Marshall bliss, If my eyes were closed and I heard any of the channels and settings I'd instantly say Marshall"... I hear a lot of JCM800 in it. Overall.... I would love to own one, it's no way a priority to me but if I had some extra cash I would have no problem pulling the trigger on one. The DSL is pretty sweet, I am impressed.