I acquired this head along with a 4x12 rectifier cabinet a little over half a year ago, and I am quite pleased. You can certainly use it at home, and out at gigs. Personally I try to limit its use to gigs, because I'd really like to limit how quickly I run through tubes since I am merely a weekend gigger. I use it primarily at 100 watts with all my knobs around noon, and it just sounds amazing. I find that in band settings with a heavy handed drummer, the clean sound has trouble penetrating the mix, which is a shame since its so nice and shimmery. It's like a mix of fender chime and mesa note definition. With increased mids and volume it becomes more useable, but also more painful for your audience, this is why I stick primarily to the gain channel / channels, which cut like a knife. I'll use the low mode predominantly, and just play with my volume knob, and when I need to kick it into high gear I switch over to the high mode which will have its volume set a little higher. Low mode is very classic rock rhythm and gritty cleans (I've used it for SRV, Hendrix, RHCP's, etc). High mode is good for 90's punk, early metal, hair metal, and most things shy of lets say death metal (I've used it for Guns and Roses, Black Sabbath, Blink 182, Green Day, etc). The amp takes pedals extremely well. That is what I generally use the clean channel for (ex. I'll run an ab-synth fuzz into the clean channel when playing muse stuff). All in all great head for a gigging musician who takes their tone seriously.