I have been de-gassing (boooo! I know) for several months. I have taken the pennies made from guit fiddle sales and put in a new amp savings piggy bank. I've been salivating for a small tube amp for quite a while. Yet the only decent deals I have found in the local used market have been SS. The only tube amp with less than 90% new price was a Bugera V22, but that is not what I consider a practice amp. I have read your posts and listened to dozens of yootoob vids on the smaller Bugera, Vox, Fender, Marshall, Blackstar, Laney, and two Monoprice models. Features which ultimately sold me was switchability to 1 watt, simplicity, and spring reverb. Oh yeah, a 12" speaker to boot. Out of respect for @SquierTap I will not give much of a review for my Monoprice 15 watt Stage Right. Out of frustration I ordered it a few nights ago. Yes, I'd done my homework before deciding. Mostly. Frustrated by people who say one thing with little intention of following through (reference trading gear). I actually found SquierTap's "mono" post and subsequent rockin' reggae tune the following day while searching for info on tubes or having spare tubes. I now have read every post in both threads. Bless your heart ST, your patience will be rewarded. If not with a new amp, something else. OK, I've gotta admit chuckling while reading his dilemma. Not laughing at him. No, far from it. Laughing at myself because I had missed numerous posts in his threads about this amp. I probably would not have bought it had I read his posts. I would not have much confidence in QC in his case. Something so simple yet essential. Now my waiting and anticipation was antsy. Foggy tubes, no good. Using my pocket knife I cut the tape around the box. Opening flaps I discover---it was packed upside down. While allowing it to warm up I read the one (small) page instructions. It included, under the 'volume' instruction, saying "crank it up". Simple and to the point. So far so good. Works as described and as members here suggested. Well, most members here. EDIT: Ordered through Zmazon, not MP.