There are a number of great low wattage combos with MVs that would do the trick. One that comes to mind is the Peavey Classic 20. It's gotta be one of the best out there for its size and versatility. Does good cleans and even better OD, with a nice EQ, Headphone Out, Speaker out (if you wanna run it through a 2x12/4x12). I still don't understand why Peavey discontinued them. They'd be easily outselling all the Pro Juniors and Blues Juniors out there. FWIW, I had a number of amps throughout college. The first three years at Manhattan, I had a Fender Vibroverb Reissue, Classic 20, HR Deville, and a Vox Brian May Special. Senior year I had my Mesa Maverick 4x10 as my main dorm room and gigging amp, and didn't have any problems with volume control or noise complaints. All these amps (except for the Vibroverb) had MV so it made it easy to dial in tones and keep the volume under control. Good luck at NYU! You're gonna love it. I'm trying to get back there, after foolishly leaving it after college. It's a great city with TONS of stuff going on.