The Badlander kills, and is much different than a Recto. Rectos have massive low end, where the BL has super pissed, ripping mids. The Recto needs a boost, the BL does not, yet it feels like it’s boosted. The Recto has that signature clank to it and a stiffer feel, the BL has a bouncy, effortless feel that plays itself. It’s a little C+ like in that aspect. The Recto is more raw and jagged, while the BL is smoother and a little more refined, while still being extremely aggressive thanks to the ripping mids. The BL has a vicious growl to it and killer harmonics. TBH, the BL sounds ok at low volumes, but when you open it up, it goes next level. Yeah, I know, all tube amps do that, but the BL does it amazingly. At volume, it’s tone and feel are pretty jawdropping, while still being extremely quiet. The BL reminds me of a Recto meets a wicked modded Marshall, with as good or better feel than them both. IMO Mesa knocked it out of the park by changing it up. What would be the point of another typical Recto? They’ve been making those for 29 years.