You’re quite rude..Heaven forbid you ever have a tube fail.
I just wrote out why I don’t want to spend countless hours fixing amps^.. I want to play guitar. Also, it’s more expensive for me to get the amp fixed, than changing to something else. I am not “stuck” on matchless. I aired the idea of buying it, by starting what I hoped would be a informative discussion. I am not comfortable on moving the components to a separate head. But I am comfortable changing tubes. Sorry if that isn’t good enough. Sorry if a customer who owns a tube amp is supposed to be able to do the stuff you mentioned, and if he don’t, he’s silly...Call it rude if you wish, but you're being silly.
If the issue is the rattle, fix the rattle. It's not complicated. You simply play your guitar and start working your way around the amp holding things stationary to see when the rattle stops. Then you secure that item. @Husky has already offered tips and may have some more. Or buy the head & cab cabinetry from Suhr and move the guts over. Easy.
If you want a Matchless, you should get a Matchless. They're cool amps. I've owned a DC-30 and Chieftain, both 2x12 combos. They are incredibly loud. 15W and a single speaker is a bit quieter, but if you're going to convince yourself that you're purchasing a low volume solution, you're deluding yourself. And if you think that by buying an amp locally you're ensuring that you're never going to have a rattle, you're deluding yourself again.
You should do what you want to do. It's your money.
I can more the head to the headshell in 15 minutes, it is just some screws.Perhaps, but that’s why I’m thinking of going a non combo amp.. to avoid this in the future. Also, the Matchless amp I tried didn’t rattle at all. I’m not in the mood to spend time diagnosing and fixing a new amp. I rather play the guitar.
1W can still be blistering loud. My Badger will go down to 1/4W easy.I should also mention that I am also considering the Mesa Lonestar special with a head and cab. That head has a 5 watt setting also!
I mostly use my studio monitors, but when I want to enjoy myself, or record something, I power up that wonderful tube amp. It's a unbeatable feeling. Waiting for the amp to be warm, hearing the sound of the tubes getting warmer. The whole process.Buy a good quality modelling amp and you can have great tones at usable volumes. All your problems, solved.
It is easy to be fooled. Especially if you have limited experience. You tried them in another room?