#1
well howdy there folks!

it's new amp time. not because i don't like my current amp ( i really, really love it) but it's just not loud enough. my current setup (important parts anyway) are a Gibson LP Classic into a Peavey Classic 30 1x12 combo. i play a large variety of music, but what i play mostly is a mathcore/post-hardcore/metalcore blend(think norma jean meets underoath meets the fall of troy, maybe?) the peavey honestly sounds great (imo) for this, but like i said, the volume is an issue. it's perfect for band practice and mini-shows, but that's about it.

so! i come here seeking suggestions for my next amp; it'll be awhile before i actually buy it, but I really want people's input so i can try and narrow my selection down for stuff i'll try, since guitar stores are kinda few and far between here. and i guess i
should add that i'm looking for a head/cab as opposed to another combo.

here we go! okay, what i want in my amp;
-all tube
-between 60 and 100 watts
-at least 2 channels footswitchable
-reverb would a nice touch, not really essential though
-usable cleans, preferably decent or even good if i use a chorus pedal.
-lots of gain. lots and lots of gain.
-versatile equalization-i can get *almost* any tone out of my classic 30 with enough patience, and that'd be nice. i like to go outside the br00talz box every once in a while, you know!


and i guess i need a cab then, too; preferably 2x12 for portability, i'd consider a 4x12 or something else if it sounded really good though. i'm kind of intrigued by the genz benz g-flex, but i need to do more research i guess.

suggestions, info, etc. here! thanks!
i play noisy hardcore in the vein of coalesce interrupted by lots of isis-esque riffage and ambience, with a healthy dose of screamo dynamics ala funeral diner. it even sounds good sometimes!
#2
What exactly is your budget, can you buy used and if so what's your closest major city?

Marshall JCM900, various Mesas, 6505+ (not the 5150/6505 as you say you want good cleans) all come to mind at first.
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#3
i'd say my budget will be anywhere from $1000 to maybe $1500, i work part time right now and if i can sell my xbox 360 and classic 30 it'll only take me a few months to save up that much.

i can buy used, i see lots of decent amps on craigslist about an hour or two away frequently, and there's a guitar store about a half hour away that's an orange dealer. yeah, i've heard lots of not-good things about 5150 cleans, although from what i've heard the distortion makes up for it.
i play noisy hardcore in the vein of coalesce interrupted by lots of isis-esque riffage and ambience, with a healthy dose of screamo dynamics ala funeral diner. it even sounds good sometimes!
#4
The 5150/6505 distortion is legendary, but if you can get something with both why bother?

Look into a Randall RM100H. Brilliant, vry versatile amps. I tried one this afternoon and believe me, I want to play it again. The swappable modules do actually make a noticable difference to tone.

I'd suggest an ENGL Screamer, but you don't want a combo.
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#5
i was looking at the randall and it intrigued me.. if it's as good as everyone says, i think that might be it. i'm pretty sure there's a mesa-clone module, and an ac30, which the classic 30 is modeled after, so i think it'd be a win/win. i'm gonna try and play one first, but thanks for the input!

EDIT: well, i wouldn't rule out a combo i guess, as long as it fits all those criteria. could i use an extension cab for the ENGL maybe? and how does that one sound? i'm intrigued a little by them, marty friedman uses one of their amps i guess, and i'd love my tone to sound like that, if not just a but more beefy so to speak.
i play noisy hardcore in the vein of coalesce interrupted by lots of isis-esque riffage and ambience, with a healthy dose of screamo dynamics ala funeral diner. it even sounds good sometimes!
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#6
There's a Recto module, and Kirk Hammett's sig module is also pretty awesome for that sort of tone.
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