Before the YCS100H2, I spent hundreds of dollars trying to get a decent high gain distortion from the combination of pedals and a clean amp. It just didn''t work. Most of the high gain amplifiers that were available had great overdrive channels, but lifeless clean channels, not to mention they were very expensive. When I finally tried the YCS100H2, I realized that I could finally have it all, great cleans, high gain, excellent contruction and all for a very reasonable price. I am very happy.