You said it all buddy! DSLs are fine amps...........as long as you like the tone which an overwhelming number of people do. I could never get along with them, I spent many years trying to make it what it wasnt. One day I walked into a store and plugged into a JCM800 half stack and in a matter of seconds I was like oh my god this is it, the tone in my head! Since then I've discovered 4 holers and like them even more! So whatever the cost, if you want to be happy and have the right amp sometimes you gotta be patient and save up your money to get it. And like I've always said, if you dont know which to get and cant try them, check your suppliers return policy and buy them both at the same time and try them at home, send the one back you dont like.