Floyd wrote: >I love my SansAmp PSA-1 - the rackmount SansAmp. >Not only does it give me a wide palette of sounds >and tones but it allows me to play live and record >without having to mic an amp (which always changes >the character). So with the SansAmp, what you >hear is what is recorded too. And since I also >use a GR-50 with a few external sound modules >I can easily control my mix. > >The previous poster also made a good point - start >with fresh ears. It is not hard to find the tone >you are looking for with the Sans Amp. You may >not get an exact clone of your Mesa or Marshall >but if you are like me and enjoy having many tones >to work with the SansAmp is the most versatile >piece of gear I can think of (other than a truck >load of different amps and a raod crew to help >lug them around. I agree. The SansAmp gets CLOSE to the sound of a variety of amps. I used to use a Boogie Mark IV. When my brother picked up a SansAmp PSA-1, I ran it in parallel (with an A/B/ box) with the Mark IV preamp, then back into the Mark IV effects return. THis allowed me to A/B between the Sansamp and Boogie preamps, using the same power amp/speaker setup. The results? I found that I could almost exactly reproduce each of the (3) Mark IV preamp channels, using the SansAmp. And it sounded damn good! PLus, the SansAmp gets Marshall, Hiwatt, Vox, ...etc. However, when I ran the SansAmp directly into the board, I could not get the warm sound I had using the Boogie power amp and speaker. This showed me that it was the power-amp and the speaker that was giving an aspect to the sound that I really liked. So, I ended up picking up a PSA-1, selling my Mark IV -- and now I run my guitar into the PSA-1 --> Fender tube reverb --> Boogie tube power amp --> THD Hot plate --> Celestion Greenbacks. AND I LOVE IT! (I can also run the Line Out of the Hot PLate into the board, for looping). I find this setup to be versatile.