Hey all: This is my first post here. I was browsing through a ton of very informative posts, and I wasn't quite able to find the exact info I need. So, here's my situation: I just moved to Seattle. All my gear is still in LA, and won't be up here any time soon. I'm in the introspective (alone in my basement...) learning / practicing stage of my life, and playing gigs may be in my future but not anytime soon - although I might in my future life as a competent musician. I've always wanted a strat, so picked up a battered '94 American Standard for cheap. I'm planning on putting texas specials in them eventually. Now, I want a blues amp to go with it and I'm eying a 1996 Blues Deville 2x12 (not a reissue) for about $500 on craigslist. I'd like to explore the Hendrix, SRV, Clapton sound and am looking to recreate it to some degree. Here's the gear I have in storage which will eventually find its way to me: 2001 Gibson SG standard w/iommi pickups 2003(?) Ephiphone Les Paul 7-string Marshall JCM 2000 - DSL 401 I'm not planning on selling or parting with any of my current gear, so everything I'm getting now is to build upon my current collection of toys. Here's my quandary: Reason to buy the blues deville: I could probably get a good deal on the amp, maybe about $400. I've heard good reviews about the Deville. Great clean tones, warmer than the Hot Rod Deluxe. Different sound profile than the Marshall I have so I wouldn't just be duplicating gear I already have. Reason not to buy the blues deville: Don't need it for gigging, and I don't need that much noise making power. I've read that it takes pretty high volumes for the blues deville to start breaking up which could limit its versatility for me since I would only be playing the amp at low volumes. I have a tube screamer which might mitigate that, though. The amp on craigslist is from 1996, and although it was manufactured in the US there sounds to be quality issues - especially with cold soldering connections. The mexican made reissues apparently don't have those issues? Ideal amp for me at the moment would probably be a 15w Blues Junior, not the 60w Deville. Also, if I were to choose between the 2x12 and 4x10 blues devilles, I would go with the 4x10 configuration. Actually, in 6 months I would probably get a bassman reissue once I save up enough money. So, if I acted on impulse and picked up the Blues Deville tonight, would I be making a horrible mistake? If I never acted on impulse, I don't think I would have ever picked up a guitar. After all, I traded in my sax for a guitar on a whim at my local music shop when I was a teenage band geek and never looked back. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.