I've been hopping around over in the HC forum for a couple of years. I've owned numerous high gain head including Marshalls, Peaveys, ENGLS, Splawn, Mesa, Randall (you get the picture). Since I'm no longer gigging, I can't justify having 50-100 watt heads and 4x12's sitting in my house. I'm also 35 years old now and it seems my taste in "Gain" has changed. I really want to scale down to a good low-wattage head and a 2x12. Something I can throw pedals at to get some different tones. I really like "darker" amps. I would prefer something with a good clean up to early VH-ish type gain. However, I want to be able to kick it into metal territory with a good Overdrive. Effects loop is a must. These amps have sparked my interest: Bad Cat Hot Cat, Budda Superdrive, various Cornford amps. However, there is nowhere to play them around here. Throw some amps out there for me and tell me what I need. Thanks.