I am curious as to what people think. I currently play a Les Paul into a 18-20W Winfield Amp. This amp uses 2xEL84 and 3 12AX7 in the preamp. Kind of a Vox meets Marshall circuit. I use a 2x12 Avatar Cabinet loaded w/ g12H30 & V30 combo and a HotPlate to knock down the db's. This is the only amp I own currently, I wish I had some larger amps to compare on my own, but............ It gets a great tone on its own, but sometimes I feel it gets grainy and lost in a band setting. Once I get the gain up to get a good hard rock crunch, the amp is clipping alot and compressing. Sounds great on its own, and is still LOUD. However I feel that it misses some of the girth and thump of the rock tones I hear on recordings. Our band plays Hard Rock / Punk (2 guitars, Bass, Drums). I am wondering if anyone else has felt the same way about the smaller amps in a band setting. I have been toying w/ the idea of building a 50W marshall, as it seems most of the tones I love come from bands who use a similar amp. I of course would be using a HotPlate or MV of some sort. Am I chasing my tail here, or does this sound logical. I am wondering if the girth, fullness and thump I am missing would be solved by using the "big bottle" tubes. The volume isnt the issue, the 18W is LOUD through a 2x12...but just seems to get grainy, compressed & lost in a band setting w/ little to no headroom.