There's so many amp/circuit options that it's sometimes mind-boggling. I'm looking for enough clean headroom to compete with a full band for funk/r+b for small to medium venues, and the amp must play well with pedals. Effects loop optional (but i'll hear out any advice/arguments). I guess the main starting points of reference are Fender-style 6L6 and 6V6 circuits, Vox-style EL34 circuits, and Marshall-style KT66/EL34 circuits. I'm not as educated as I'd like to be on this, so be kind if you're going to sharp-shoot my post. Please post your fave pedal platform amps, one low wattage (18-25) and one higher (30 and up). Not looking for any $4k pieces, though I'd spend $2,500 for something I could use for the long haul. Thanks for your responses, let the games begin.