I noticed a lot of people mentioning the Genz-Benz Black Pearl as a nice, smaller wattage amp for the price. I like the idea of the stepdown from 30 -> to lower wattage because I'm a home studio player but might be jamming/gigging in the future. I just sold an EL84 amp (Rivera Fandango) and I'm wondering if this is just too close to that amp. It was great, but I could not jive with the gain channel. It was just too grainy, raspy and harsh and seemed to require humbucker guitars (which I don't have) to sound any good. The cleans and verb kicked ass though. Truth be told I'm probably more of a Fender BF 6L6 guy, but I really like the idea of any well priced, well made, great sounding amp so I don't want to lock myself into anything just yet. How is the clean headroom on this? The clips look pretty cool (and John Hiatt is cool, that Tele sounds amazing) but I hear a pretty distinct breakup even on the cleaner demo. Thoughts? Maybe it's too warm sounding for what I'm after, I don't know.