"And now something completely different." I've been thinking of getting something vastly different to go with my Stephenson LJ-10. The amp sounds very nice for cleans, bluesier overdrive tones, old school rock and such but isn't quite tight enough for hard rock/metal or fat enough for higher gain lead tones. So now I'm thinking of getting something along these lines: Plenty of gain for rock/metal (think Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Ozzy, Deep Purple with Steve Morse etc.) no boost pedals needed. Not looking for übergain death metal tones or anything like that. Voicing should lean towards darker tones - no sizzle, grit or graininess - smooth leads, fat crunchy defined rhythm tones (with a Les Paul) but still tight enough to work for the afore-mentioned styles. Decent dynamics/touch sensitivity. Good master volume - namely sounds good at lower volumes and doesn't need to be cranked to deliver the goods. Will use an attenuator if needed. FX loop is a plus. Can be head or combo (1x12 or 2x12). So far the Mesa Lone Star Classic is the number one contender - the second channel with the drive engaged is very much like what I'm thinking of and has more than enough gain for my needs. The only drawbacks are that the amp is rather expensive over here (over 2000), the fact that I don't like some design choices (seeing control labels was difficult, most of the switches seemed to give fairly subtle tonal changes and having the reverb controls in the back sucks) and the tone seemed TOO dark. Tried both the 2x12 combo and the head with a matching cab using a Gibson LP Custom and an Ibanez SZ520, the combo seemed a bit brighter but still felt that it could use more high end. Could possibly work when paired with a brighter cab/speakers. The Orange Rockerverb 50 was in the right direction as well but not quite what I'm looking for. Suggestions?