I've been playing an AC30CC2 for about 3 years now and need to move on to another amp. Basically the other guitar player in my band plays the exact same AC30, and we want to vary the tones a little with a different amp. They can get a little too similar sometimes. For other reasons, going back to the Vox just isn't an option. So far I've tried a Hot Rod Deluxe 3 and hated all the drive sounds I got with or without pedals aside from cranking the normal channel to about 5.5 or 6. I found the Drive channel to be thin and digital sounding, and found using a distortion pedal through the clean channel to produce a lifeless sound with bad note definition on chords. My budget at the very maximum (would have to use credit) is around $1500. I'd prefer to keep it around $1000 but this is something I spend 20-30 hours a week using so I'm willing to spend a little more if I need to. Here's the criteria: The amp has to have good overdrive at a reasonable volume. By reasonable I mean our practice volume which is basically gigging volume in small clubs. Think AC30CC2 or C2 with the master at 1/4 and the top boost a little over half. I'm definitely not playing metal or anything high gain either so I don't need that much drive. It needs to have good note definition when playing chords. I don't even know if that's the right term, it was just a big problem I had when playing the Hot Rod Deluxe 3 compared to the AC30. I play a lot of barre chords if that helps. I need it to be either a 2x12 (didn't like using a 1x12) or if it's a head, the head be inexpensive enough to be able to afford a decent 2x12 cab since I don't own any cabs. I'd like to avoid Fender amps. I've had 2 now and I didn't get along with either of them, although I'm sure I would if we played gigs where I could crank it. I'd love to be able to buy used, but I live in Canada (hour from Toronto) and for some reason I rarely see any nice used amps for sale. So feel free to throw suggestions from small builders, but odds are I won't be able to find it and shipping/customs on amps seems to add a lot to the price. I think that's pretty much it. Any help is really appreciated - I have a gig coming up on March 2nd that's huge for us, around 500+ people, so I'm getting kind of freaked out about not having an amp I like. edit - If you want to hear our sound you can hear it here - I'm playing the gold LP and mostly rhythm here. I also usually use a semi hollow with P94s but had to play the backup that night, so the sound is usually a bit thicker.