I can't believe I actually debated with myself whether I should get this amp. This is the amp I should always have had. Not the Vox Night Train, not the three different varieties of AC15 I've tried, not any Marshall, not anything else. This is it.
Yep, this oddly shaped creature has met all my expectations and more. Out of the box, it was pretty good but it really got interesting with a nice Alnico in there, I tried an Alnico Blue and then a Scumnico, decided on the Scumnico to complement its classy, rich tones.
I can see that some people wouldn't like this amp, but it was seriously made for me. It feels very natural to me, like it's an instrument that understands how my strumming hand works. Also... it's so light (38 pounds) and quiet it could be solid state. Plus it even fits on my AC15 chrome stand (after moving the feet around a bit). I rehearsed with it today, and I sounded the best I ever had, and naturally I played better. It's a bit ridiculous considering I've had my fair share of decent to great amps, but the only three amps I've liked this much are the Roland BC-60, Vox Pathfinder 15R, and now the Vox TB18. I guess it's time to trim the fat, then.
No time to make one of my awkward conversational reviews, but we did make another video in the drummer's house.