I can't afford a real HC30 (without parting with my vintage AC30 that is), wish I could. Nik at Ceriatone does an outstanding job with his copies. Despite being built on a turret and having inferior iron this amp really goes toe to toe with Samson era matchless and badcat amps. My 1 caveat is that some of the hardware isn't of great quality (a friend broke the stock fuse holder somehow, that shouldn't be possible) AND the aluminum chassis is not welded properly and is prone to bending if jostled in a van or in a trailer. Not a great road amp. Also, good luck getting a spare in Spokane if she goes down. Of course, at this price you can afford a backup. On to the gist... this is my favorite circuit ever for teles. The EF86 'click' channel is the jam. So much bandwidth. Lately I keep her loaded with 1 or 2 5y3 rectifiers (depending on whether I'm running full power) to brown the old girl out a bit, but with the stock 5ar4 in 30 watt she does the punchiest, tightest ac30 sound ever and with the small rectifiers she's skronky and mean even played clean. Maybe its apples and apples, but I like having this other take on the vox sound at my fingertips. I can hear it and feel it, so who cares if no one else does?