For a while I had been using my Mesa Boogie Roadster with a closed-back 2x12 Recto cab. It's got a lot of great distortion tones, but I just cannot get the cleans to be good. That might be partly because the cab is closed back (haven't experimented too much). Anyway, the amp is complicated and a pain in the butt and it pops when switching channels etc. But I really like that it has a solo button that gives me a footswitchable second volume control. So mostly I play at one volume, but when I want to solo and everyone needs to hear me, I hit the button and all of a sudden I am louder. Now I am using a different amp, my Rockerverb 50 combo, which is a better amp in almost every way. It doesn't quite do what the modern channel on the Roadster does, and it certainly doesn't thud quite like that amp, but it does everything I need an amp to do with only two simple channels. I love it. But I can't figure out a way to get a good solo tone that really stands out. I have tried: -BYOC OD2 in front of the amp. -Fulltone Full-drive 2 in front of the amp. -Way Huge Fat Sandwich in front of the amp. -Source Audio Programmable EQ set to a volume and mid boost in front of the amp. -Fulltone Secret Freq in front of the amp. The EQ and the Secret Freq accomplish similar things, which is a bit more gain with a mids boost, but it doesn't cut through any better than with the effects off. I have the gain set fairly high (about 2 o'clock) most of the time with the mids being the most prominent tone out of them for a modern hard rock sort of tone. Short of actually hiring a sound guy that knows when to boost my volume (which won't work since we often play without our amps miked), what are some good solutions for this? I was going to explore sticking the EQ in the FX loop, which might help.