Hello. I know that there are a million "recommend me an amp" threads where the person asking for advice isn't very specific so I hope to aviod that. First I tell you what I have now and then what I'm looking for. I currently have an '82 Marshall JCM 800 4010 (basically a 2204) using el34s that I use in a headbox thru a closedback 2x12 loaded with two Celestion G12-65s. It's a 50 watt single channel amp with no effects loop. I rarely use any pedals and either use a Fender Strat or Gibson '58 reissue Les Paul. I run into the high input jack and preamp volume is usually only around 4-5 so I'm not using all of the gain this amp has. I play/enjoy the sounds of basic hard rock & blues such as Zeppelin, Judas Priest (up to about '84), early ZZ Top, VH, early Def Leppard, AC/DC, SRV, etc. I'm looking for a head with a similar basic tone and gain level as my JCM 800 only with the following changes: less volume - needs a great master volume and/or power scaling, less wattage is fine and probably preferred. slightly "smoother" - currently can be a bit brittle sounding in the upper mids better articulation or note definition/seperation That's about it...the volume is definitely a big deal as I don't play out much anymore and mainly play around the house or just jam with friends. "Sleeping baby in the next room" volumes would be a nice plus, but mainly looking not to shake stuff off the walls or get the neighbors across the street and 4 houses down staring at my house as happens now. Here are a few amps I was thinking of: Top Hat Emplexador, Fargen Miniplex Mk II, Suhr Badger 30 watt, Top Hat Vanderbilt, Reeves Custom Lead or Custom 10 HG, Aiken??? I'd like to keep it to a max of about $1700 and less is always better. I think I want to stay away from el84s as I have a older Budda Twinmaster head that while having some great Marshall grind and wonderful articulation has a "sizzly" top end that I just can't bond with or dial out. (Which is why mentioned the upcoming el34 Badger and not the current el84 based one.) Sorry this is so long...I figured giving a few details might help with the advice. Thanks.