IMO, the Roadking 1 and II sound like Mesa Rectifier and not really Marshall style, even in El34 modes. The Electradyne totally nails the brit tone and I like it more than any current Marshall models.Well, how about an amp that runs both EL-34's and 6L6's which allows you to assign those tubes per channel and has a custom 4 x 12 cab that is both open and closed backs?
Mesa Boogie Road King. If the Road King Series II has the the 6L6 Fender tones of the Mesa Lonestar Classic, its the ticket.
thanks for the input guys - that's awesome. the main thing for me is 1x12 or 2x12 combo with portability in mind - under 60lbs. I know.. most 2x12 go over that - I always have to lug around gear to practice cuz my band's renting studio by the hour, so head / cab combination is wearing me thin here. I was thinking about a Fender with a pedal in the front, but I would like to get away from pedals except for Wah - I'm a plugin and go kinda guy and would like keep it that way. In terms of Fenders - I do love those clean tones. I'm doing a lot of funk and reggae this days and the Fender cleans are awesome for sure. However, I solo and there's times when I need to kick into light to medium distortion but I don't like Fender pre-EQ gain architecture where everything is mud. The main thing for me is a Fender clean and a nice overdrive based on that clean and if I roll off on the volume I wanna get back that nice clean Fendery tone. Dynamics is key too!
Looks like Rivera and newer Traynors has been mentioned here quite a bit.