I have been looking for a tube-based amp for home playing & recording (no band, just me). I have a Fargen Blackbird 40--a wonderful amp for Fender tones. I'm looking for something to complement it. I want something that is very open sounding, not compressed or midrangey. Roughly speaking, more Marshall/VOX than Fender. I also need an amp where I can get low-med gain at low volume levels. That usually means power scaling but could also mean a hot plate. I also want something where I can experiment with a variety of tones, IOW not a one-trick-pony. A 1x12 configuration is required for space reasons. Everything I've looked at, while sounding wonderful, is ~$2k and up. I'm having a problem spending that kind of money for a home amp. People have recommended the Fargen MiniPlex MKII, Reinhardt 18, Carr Mercury (all with power scaling), and a few others in that price range. All seem like outstanding amps, but do I need to pay $2K to get what I want? I don't mind spending the money if I HAVE TO, but is there anything else out there I should be considering? FYI: I have a Roland Cube that is lots of fun but it's really tough to play/hear that after playing through my Fargen! Thanks.