There are some good points here and I appreciate you taking the time. Of course we all have to take into account price. There are times when I've had a $200 budget to work with for an amp and at other times $2k. The Vali2 IMO doesn't really have a true peer at it's price point, particularly with regard to tone and timber. The Valhalla just came across as dry and slightly grainy in the mid range. A little too think and SS sounding overall. Thinking back on my own journey, I'm not sure that there are many amps that I'd spend money on between the Vali2 and say, the Kenzie. Hmm...maybe the BHC and SEX 3.0. That being said, I haven't heard the soon to be released amps from Massdrop. Those could be game changers and I am hoping to get my hands of the MCTH soon.