Hey everyone! I'd like to know if other people use their amps the way I do, or if I'm just special :: About 2 years ago, I got my first tube amp, a Jet City JCA22H. For those of you not familiar with this amp, it's basically a 20 watt, 2-channel Soldano SLO. I had never even played a tube amp before in my life, and I knew this amp was for me the second I plugged into it. For a year I learned how to use it and dial it in for the best tone, jamming with my buddies and such. One time, I can specifically remember thinking, "what is up with this amp? It stops getting louder past volume 5?" I would stop there because it wouldn't get any louder than that (I had just gotten the amp and I wanted to see what that puppy could do volume-wise.) Months later when I actually learned how to dial in the amp, I turned the volume knob all the way up. I had a revelation. Past volume 5 it starts distorting the power tubes. It is a completely different sound than just preamp distortion. So much more dynamic, expressive, and powerful. It was absolutely the sound I was looking for and I haven't looked back ever since. I also bought a variac to tame the volume a little bit, since I read EVH used one of those with his Marshall. This way I can get that cranked tone at as little as half the volume! (I did a decibel test and I could go from 132 to 122). And BTW, it hasn't damaged my amp at all; I've been doing it for months now. My question is, does anyone else love to play at full volume? The tone is night and day for me, and I'd like to hear other people's opinions on it.