I play in a cover band (classic rock) where vocals are the bread and butter of the act. I use small amps in an effort to keep my apparent volume down, and often have to use an "always on" lite gain box to give me a little grit, as the amp never gets turned up enough to produce it itself. I'm currently using a Fender Excelsior with an Emi Legend 1518 spkr. Even this 13 watter is sometimes too loud, especially in rehearsals. Plus, the lack of a Tone knob means it's always a bit too bright, and I have to turn the tone control on my tele down, which I kinda don't like doing (even though it seems to do the job). I'm jonesing for a new amp, but am lost in the quagmire of low watt amps out there. I'm attracted to the Vox AC15 CC .. with a Master Volume and a Tone stack, it could be just right. But it's as much if not more than I'd like to spend. I also like tweed sounds, and wonder if a decent 5E3 clone would work out for me? Again, a "decent" one would probably be more than the Vox. And then there's that other Fender Pawn Shopper, the Ramparte, which I haven't played but like the price point. Would 9 watts get over a drummer? Anyone have any veteran advice with getting a small amp that produces controllable grind/volume on it's own. and doesn't cost more than $500? I've been down the Peavey Classic 30 road before, and don't care to repeat myself. Thanks for any help.