#1
I'm about to graduate high school. My parents want to give me some form of "graduation gift". They've been talking about all these elaborate travel plans, but frankly I hate traveling, and I think I'm instead going to ask for a proper amp. I've been using mediocre amps since I've started playing, and as I have some pretty great guitars, now is a chance for me to finally get a great amp too. I'm personally leaning towards Mesa Boogie. I want to something that can get me a great clean and distorted (everything from blues distortion to metal distortion) tones with plenty of low end as well. I hear Roadsters are pretty good for this.

But here's my problem, I need to be size conscious as well, as I'll be going into a little dorm room with who knows how much space to commit to an amp (not to mention, I play bass as well, so that amp needs room too). I was hoping I could just buy a head and a small cab, then upgrade the cab as I get more room, so at least I have that awesome head, but any other suggestions are welcome. I want something reasonably sized, ideally somewhere under the $2500 for both head and cab, and that is very versatile with an effects loops (as I figured most high-end tube amps will have, but I just thought I'd make sure.)
#2
Mesa Boogie are very over priced; you can get far far better for that money.
I'd suggest looking at a Framus Cobra or the cheaper Framus Dragon. The Framus cobra in my opinion is the best production amp for metal out today; the distortion is far superior and is its crowning factor. However the crisp clean tone you get from is very good as well with a great clarity about it.

Another option would be an Engl Powerball.
#3
Splawn!!!
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#4
Randall MTS would be a great choice.

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#5
Dang, with money like that I would ask for an Orange AD30HTC and an Avatar custom cab. Avatar cabs are amazing and completely custom for about $400.
#6
I would say the new mesa mark V combo its gonna be 2000 and it can go from 90-40-10 watts and has 3 channels and 3 modes per channel.(super versatile) Look it up on youtube it sounds amazing, but i have not played one yet. i would definetly check it out.
#7
I've looked at all of them, and considering the conditions I'll be in, the need for occasionally playing at low volumes, and the overall sounds it gets, I think I like the Mesa Boogie Mark V the most. My only problem remains the size concern. I've heard that heads need matching cabs, but I can't find reasonably compact cabs from Mesa. Does anyone know if they even make them? This isn't a dealbreaker, but a small cab would be great for college.