Here's a quick update for anyone interested. The Haze 15 watt head came in Friday. I'm in the middle of a kitchen redo so I didn't have time to put it through the paces when I got home aside from turning it on and making sure it worked.
I took it that evening to a 4 hour rehearsal - right out of the pan and into the fire. It handled being pushed without a hiccup.
Bottom line - this amp smokes! It's not very versitile in that it sounds like a marshall and nothing else but...it IS a marshall. Not a close facsimile of one. The cleans are classic marshall clean (not fender clean but typical marshall clean) and the overdrive is classic rock heaven. Very old school sounding. Two channels one with just a volume knob ala Plexi style and another with volume and gain. One "drawback" is that they included a few digital effects with this amp BUT they can be taken completely out of the signal path. In all actuality, the reverb wasn't bad in small doses (subtle) and the delay was fun to play around with. I never even bothered with any other effects so I can't really comment on them.
It's sound is miles ahead of all the other small low-wattage amps I tried (with the exception being the Night train by vox that was my second choice - the clean chime is very beatle like).
The haze 15 actually sounded better than the other guitarist's Marshall JVM halfstack at reasonable levels...warmer/ rounder and more organic. I can't remember even using my pedal board for anything other than a little wah and guitar tuning. The amp really sounded that great.
I had no problem being heard over (at this point) 4 people singing / one really loud, but tasteful drummer, a thunderous bassist, two other guitarists, and keys. I was playing through a epiphone 1x12 extension cabinet.
The thing that really impresses me about this amp vs all the others I tried (including the tiny terror
, the egnator rebel 20, the vox night train, the valve junior and senior, the blackheart) is that this little wonder can be pushed into creamy overdrive (vintage gain) without a shred of "small amp / high gain" harshness, fuzziness or brittleness. It's in a whole different class.
Sunday I had a chance to A/B it against my JMP. Although the JMP was the winner (but not by THAT much), the Haze still sounded really great against it and I was so inspired by the sound of the Haze that i wound up jamming on it for another hour or so. My ears thanked me.