My band often doesn't get more than a line/check before ripping into our set, and as such, we have tried to keep our gear set up as brainless as possible... well, our bass player does also play taurus pedals and we both use keyboards w/ a bunch of custom samples, so it's not totally brainless. My band expects one mic per player and about 12 seconds of riffing to get a level, which means that multi-amp rigs are out of the running for us until our career progresses further. So this requires us to use amps that can either channel switch, or a 4-input style head that we can set cleaner on one channel. I recently purchased a high-end amp that required an AB pedal to switch channels - it's amazing looking, by the far the most beautiful amp I have seen with my own two eyes, but the price increase is, in my not always humble opinion, not in good measure to how much better sounding it actually is than a run-of-the-mill amp (at least, for my playing style, which is more about impact and change on a dime whackiness than it is about long evocative solos that splooge harmonic content). It is clearly a tone upgrade, but not enough to warrant the price and there are a lot of unusable tones. I'm also less than thrilled with the 4-input style head for getting two fairly distinct sounds, which I need. To date, the amp that has made the most sense for me in terms of being able to set-and-forget and just focus on playing/emoting has been the Peavey Classic 50. Using this rig and a great pedal board, I have been able to get usable tones that may not be angelic, but that definitely get the job done and convey the character of my playing to the crowd. It's the only amp that I've been able to gig with night after night and never worry if I'm going to be able to do my thing. I literally can't make this thing sound bad - it's idiot proof, so long as you know what you're doing on the fretboard. That said, I'm still a tone-chaser in recovery and if there is an amp out there that will give my tone (and thus my band's sonic competativeness) a leg up over the Peavey, while still accomplishing what the peavey does (clean/distortion/reverb/very normal sounding eq), I'd really love to step it up. So what would you all say are the boutique/high-end replacements for an amp like this? What's got a great reverb, a great clean that stays mostly clean but will give up a little juice, and a distortion setting that has some of that nice drippy-harmonic thing going on? Most importantly, the EQ section has to be fairly brainless - One thing that is NOT a consideration is looks. Let's get that completely out of the equation. And let's try to stay at or under $2k used for a head. I'll be using an open back 2x12 most likely.