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That's the thing -- live I can get cleans via the PA. If the amp is out of headroom anyway, I don't mind dialing down the guitar volume to get clean in either case. Where I'm worried, though, is at rehearsal.He who hesitates...... these amps don’t sit around long in stores.
This is a GREAT rock amp for crunchy to glorious tube distortion and with pedals even more killer gain. Headroom in a band situation is not likely going to be its thing. You said dead clean. It has great cleans but not at the volume you’ll likely need on stage.
If I were in your shoes I’d run my DR and DB with an ABY, problem solved. The DR would be the clean channel and DB the dirt channel. It’s a killer setup and I do it often right here in the living room. If footprint is an issue I’d use a stand to stack them.
I know a lot of guys don’t want to bother with 2 amps but I come from a time when we used a half stack at minimum and usually a full stack so moving 2 light combos is a walk in the park.
These amps are special and I wouldn’t let the clean thing get in the way of having one. That’s me though.
For recording I actually use this amp for almost all the clean parts. Having a Deluxe Reverb too should tell you how much I think of the Brownies cleans.
I'll probably get it anyway just because it makes way too much sense. Worst case I can ABY or just plug in a Strat to clean things up.