Sounds like you had a lot of fun building that kit! At my age, I'm not certain my hands are steady
enough for the challenge of surface mount parts. Not to mention my eyesight. I do good just
getting an old boatanchor running again! At least I can SEE those parts!
I have read a few reviews of the HardRock 50 and it seems like a nice kit. I guess the designer wants
to take it a bit further and offer it as a complete amp. Nothing wrong with that. Hopefully, he
will have both, a kit and a complete amp to sell. That way, everyone wins.