Well, I just found a great deal on a used mint Blues Cube Hot British EL84 Edition with warranty. Guess I'll be dipping my toes in the solid state emulation pond. I'll report back with results.
Well, the Blues Cube Hot Brit is not the solution. It has some of the Vox breakup character, but none of the chime. I had to run the treble fully up and the midrange fully down, and it still sounded boxy and dark.I hope you find what you're looking for.
Yeah, with either the AC4 or AC10, I'm just concerned I'm still going to have the same issues with dirt pedals sounding fizzy at bedroom levels. Sad to say, I think I'm looking at something more like an AV series or even the Adio GT.If you like the AC4 you should try to AC10. It sounds much bigger than the AC4.
My AC4HW1 sounds quite good through a 2x12 with Blues. An output transformer upgrade to Mercury can add some lows as well. But generally speaking… it's 4 Watts Single Ended Class A. "No bottom end" is part of its sound. An AC4HW1 is no AC30 but it is a good sound. I find my AC4HW1 particularly good for lead tones or when you need a lot of (tube) compression. It's also great for turning up and not having chairs vibrate across the room, like an AC30. Would I use an AC4 as my only amp? Nah. It's a fun amp for practice and recording but I'd go for an AC30 if I could have just one amp.I had the AC4HW-1 and while it is a cool looking amp, it was boxy, had no bottom end, and I sold it. I did purchase the AC10 which was a big improvement over the AC4HW-1, even though it wasn't hardwired.