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I'd say what you're paying for--beyond the great tone--is top-notch craftsmanship, hand-wired electronics and thoughtful, well-researched design that adds up to a solid piece of dependable equipment.Incidently, the cover story is on Nels Cline, who plays a Raleigh and a Rambler. Update - 4 Nov 2009: JazzTimes has put the review online at http://jazztimes.com/articles/25115-gearhead-carr-rambler-amplifier.
Through rigorous use on a number of recording sessions, it was obvious there's a lot of tone in this little guy. Dirty or clean, the Raleigh held a great amount of warmth, but was surprisingly transparent. It did not overly color the natural tone of the guitar unless called upon to do so, yet retained the natural characteristics of an EL84 amp. This is a very cool balancing act. And clean tones are full of shimmer.On newsstands now.