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I am not looking to mix match amps. Just might be interested in getting something just as good , but different than my others. In this case, little more power and clean head room and still one able to cover most styles of music .I get that this is the strategy du jour, but frankly IME this whole mixing and matching amps thing doesn't work very well in practice.
or maybe more specifically, I spend all my time thinking about how one sounds better than the other.
I'd get 2 identical amps and run 1 wet and 1 dry. Brian May style
probably the most disappointing thing that's ever happened to me wrt to gear was when I got my Crystal I couldn't believe how great it sounded. At the time, I was using a Germino Monterey (that I still have) that I also thought sounded aces. I plugged them in together and the result was distinctly less than the sum of its parts. I tried with a few other amps I had, always with the same results.
I'd definitely stick with identical amps, myself, in any sort of stereo setup.