What sorts of anomalies do you hear in modern amps in comparison to classic amps? These are sweeping generalities, but some things that I often hear in modern amps are: Overly compressed and honky/boxy. Scooped, lacking mids and treble that cuts through. Too much gain. Lack in tonal complexity. Lack in overall clarity. I have heard these characteristics moreso in budget amps, but I have heard them plenty in modern expensive amps. What specific factors do you think contribute to these anomalies? Transformers, tubes, capacitors? That isn't even getting into the quality of speakers being used today. The trend there seems to be scooped, boomy, and bright. The smiley face sort of sound. And on many budget amps, I really dislike the trend toward digital reverb over spring reverb. This seems like a move toward making disposable amps, not amps that will be around and sounding great decades later.