Versatility and tone are the biggest factors I'm looking at right now. My situation is that I'm in college for performance, so I need an amp that will sound good and be able to cover many different gigs, country, blues, rock. I have a diverse pedalboard, so I just need an amp to complement and add more tonal colors. I know I'll definitely be getting an amazing amp when I graduate, but now I just want one that I can use for the many different gigs I will have throughout college. Anything over 35w-40w is too much right now, and I'd like to stay in the 20w-30w range. The amps I'm really looking into right now are: Marshall JTM45 Genz Benz Black Pearl Vox AC30CC Blackheart Handsome Devil/Little Giant Ampeg J-20 Fender DRRI Laney Lionheart a Dr. Z of some sort It seems like these amps fall into categories of Fender, Vox, Marshall, more or less. If you have any info on these amps, let me know!