As you should! The Mephisto is a truly awesome amplifier. Self-contained, a work of art and perhaps most significantly, 'complete'. I think 'complete' is one of the most important elements of long-term success (of any design). Some designs are great here, lack there and somehow after the initial reaction around the good parts...are ultimately somehow 'unbalanced' which leads to a search for the perceived missing part. On the other hand, when a component (no matter how old or designed to a given pricepoint or a given technology) is well voiced and well designed...somehow in my experience, they are able to deliver a musical experience that is within its own envelope 'complete' and balanced. Zanden is perhaps my favorite long-standing example of this.
The Mephisto is a gargantuanly powerful, balanced and extraordinarily detailed performer, but perhaps what I admired most was its balance.
That I had the opportunity to go another step in my own journey (for those who might ask about Robert Koda) is neither here nor there...I find the Mephisto is a legendary design for a reason.