honestly Derek, you're going to have to get your arse over to someplace where you can start jamming on Mesa's and Marshall's. but if used is your thing, a Stiletto sounds like a great fit. and you can never go wrong with a recto IMO
I encourage you to check out this preamp tube characteristic matrix. In my opinion, it's quite accurate and can help you make a decision.
That being said, IMO, the best bang for the buck is the Sovtek 12AX7-LP
I know the 150 is a little different from the 120 head supposedly in a good way. that being said the BV120 is a much disliked amp by many. I've had a couple and didn't mind them at all. they have their own sound to be sure. I've even done a youtube video on the BV120 because I wanted to...
count me in as one of the guys that uses the amps gain. the only time I amp cook or boost is when in the studio. it seems to tighten up the bottom end a tad that way. live my sound is a sum of all parts. the other guitarist, the bassist, me, etc..
I just can't practice quietly. I use a half stack for "non-band" jammage. Usually a 6505, Triple Rect or Baron MI60L into a vintage 30 loaded cab. Now the volumes are usually at or under '2' on the dials so I'm not loosening the rafters in my house. LOL
I'm in a 2 guitar metal band. We rehearse with full stacks at ungodly decibel levels. Everything is amplified. We gig with full stacks also. I sometimes bring only a half stack depending on the venue. My home rig is a Mesa RKII full stack also. Its just a personal preference.
yeah hbar, I had a Nomad 55 for a while. just couldn't get it to sound great for anything. it had this inherent mid spike, but not in a good sense. I couldn't dial it out, it was almost nasal sounding. the cleans weren't as good as some Mesa's either. IMO, avoid at all cost unless they are...
That is cool, I respect your opinion. At least you weren't curt like the socially challenged "vinney57" that posted earlier. You actually had substance.
I think the Tourmaster sounds great. Good features too. But U.S. made products afford me an excellent income, and therefore I am extremely...
I seem always lean towards Mesa for my regular workhorse gear.
The big problem I have with the new Egnater is that it is made in China. Designed here, built by poor chinese folks. And it shows because the first run of 40 had issues.