26 Kap'n 3 years ago I tried the Mission amps volume mod and hated it. You lose everything that makes the deluxe what it is. In the end I went for uprated trannies so mine will run 6L6s as well, with a rectifier swap. More headroom, and with an efficient speaker it's way loud. Ended up with a VVR, but if I was going to do it again I'd try a pre phase inverter master volume. For home/bedroom use the various volume mods work quite well. You lose some of the interactivity, but the amp isn't really loud enough to gig - my 5F2A tweed princeton is louder and punchier than my 5E3. Part of the issue with a 5E3 is maxed out it doesn't 'brickwall' like other amps and get more saturated/square-wavy. It actually gets quieter and squishier the harder you hit it, Very cool as long as you don't try to ask it to do more than it wants to.Most people like really bright speakers with a 5E3. You roll off some of the mushy bottom end, and give some detail to the top end with a speaker that would be ridiculously shrill is most amps. Favorites include the Celestion Blue, Weber 12A125A and the Mojo AV12C.