The amp is a little finicky here and there, mainly when it comes to the tubes, but the Peavey reliability, quality, and no-frills attitude is here in spades. It's the best amp I've had. I bought it after the Windsor Studio didn't quite meet what I needed, and the Encore is like the grandad of that amp. If you've ever played a Windsor, this is similar but better EQ'D and made in the USA. It's a classic rock and doom/stoner machine, but is flexible enough for most any genre. Some of the older Peavey combos weigh like 70 pounds or more, but this amp is surprisingly lightweight. It's probably about 50 lbs or so. It weighs far less than my Triumph 60 combo did which is something I am very happy with.