I'm second (or third, or fourth) guessing my plan to try and go with a small, unique, boutique amp. I have some higher level guitars (no custom shop, just really cool and great feeling to me) and I'm looking to find an amp to match. I demo'd some great amps this weekend with my friends and they all sounded amazing (and loud) to me, but when we plugged in my simple little Cube 60 I was still amazed at how the BF model could hang (to a certain degree). So, here's the deal. I'm having a hard time justifying paying big dollars for a hand wired boutique amp that is lower wattage and might be a one trick pony (studio only because of low wattage, voiced a certain way, etc...) I did get sell a Rivera Fandango because I couldn't get with the OD channel, so I assumed less is more was the way to go for me. But, I'm still looking for the right fit. I owned a Mesa 50cal + that I really liked back in the day, but it was mid rangey and it was very hard to get a killer clean channel to match with a killer gain or lead channel at the same time. It still had some great sounds and was portable. So, now I'm back tracking and looking at something like the Mesa Lonestar... that one seems to have a lot of potential and a lot to offer for a close to (but less than) boutique price. Of course I'm gun shy because I don't want to buy another Rivera with a different name, but I do have some experience with Mesa and I do think they make some great amps. I also see that the resale value of the Mesa stuff is within my price range without going totally insane. I'm a home player/recording guy with aspirations of jamming and small gigs once the kids get a little older (and I get my chops back ). Is there another Mesa that is close to the Lonestar in voicing, but maybe lower wattage (price range)? I heard some clips of Andy Timmons with his Lonestar and it was nice.