Re: Need Noob Help: What's a good first amp for my budget?
Dialing in an MK IV is no harder than dialing in a Fender or Marshall. Channel controls are nearly the same (except there are two knobs for gain). Sure, there are three channels, but they don't interfere with each other. Most of the complexity is on the back and it's related to the power amp (i.e. whether you want it in triode mode, what kind of contour you like) - those you set and forget the first day.
And TOL100 handles low, med, high and super-high gains better than any other amp I've used, including the ones I've built myself. On low gain it sounds like a Fender, on high gain it sounds like a modded Marshall. If you're shooting for Vox on low-med gain and Recto on high gain, there's always Rocktron Vendetta which is designed by the same dude.