So a friend of my son called, he wants a tube amp, is on a budget and has no idea what he wants.... I invited him over and he came along with his drummer buddy and I let him play his LP Studio (which I picked out for him!) through some various amps.... Goodsell, Metroliner, Carr Vincent, Sommatone Roaring Twenty, Carr Mercury. While he liked them all it was clear that the Mercury 'spoke' to him. I gave him a bit of a primer on amp types, tube types, etc. and we discussed his needs. I debunked the Guitar Center salesman's claim that he needed 40 watts or more to keep up with a drummer as well. I'm thinking with a budget of 500-600 or so He might do well with a Mesa...Subway Rocket comes to mind... Any other 'boutique-analog' amps he should consider. Cheap Rivera? Crate? Which one will cop the gainy Marshall characer of the Merc the best?