i guess this is the holy grail for me.... because I've been chasing it like a white whale for years now (maybe even half of my guitar-playing life). I guess the tone is markedly mesa mark 1/2 tone. Has a thick sustaining, saxophone meets violin tone. I haven't found pedals that do it, I haven't found amps that do it other than those 100 lb mesa combos. here's a clip: http://youtube.com/watch?v=TJ23aQ635WQ I know santana is facing more and more derision from guitarists these days, but I happen to really dig that tone, and its something my current gear doesn't even come close to getting. Cranked amp + tube screamer is closest for me, but its way more eric johnson than santana. Anyway, I'd love to find a 2nd amp (low wattage) thats portable and useable in low-volume situations, but maybe handle occasional gigging duty. So what am I after?? something dumble-y?? I'm thinking of maybe just picking up a mark 1 or reissue and sticking 6v6s in it, but it would still probably be really loud and heavy. The other thing I've been thinking about was getting an old bf or sf princeton or vibro champ and modding it with the "mesa mods." i.e. tweed tonestack (or just bypassing the tonestack), and modded vibrato circuit as cascaded gain stages. seems like a lot of work though, and i'd rather not beat up a vintage amp. anything else that's low wattage and under say $1000 that can get these tones?? I'm open to pedals too, but that hunt has been pretty bleak so far.