#1
ok I am looking to get a low wattage tube amp, I am looking to spend about 1k. I want it for hard rock/metal. I will mainly be using this around the house but I plan on using it to jam with friends. My question is should I get a amp with great cleans and then throw a pedal at it or just get a higher gain model.

I have looked at various fenders
Vox NightTrain
Orange TT
Krank Rev Jr. Pro
Krankenstein Jr.
egnater Rebel 20
Blackstar HT-5
Also I have considered the bogner alchemist 112(It should be noted I can get this for about 800 bucks where I work, but its 40 watts.)

I am really close to just buying the alchemist but I thought I would ask the UG community for their feedback.

Also my epi LP's electronics are messed up so I am thinking about replacing them, What is the general consensus on Dimarzio pickups?
#4
that's a pretty good deal on the alchemist, but matt's design is pretty sweet too, and prolly set him back a tiny fraction of the 1K you're looking to drop. i'm not telling you to take the stage with a cake pan, but for jamming with friends, why not?
#5
You should try out the Krankenstein. Are you looking for great distortion, or great cleans? If you're looking for great distortion, try Peavey 5150. =] Great amp.
Guitars
Ibanez Prestige RG1570
Schecter Omen 6
ESP LTD Viper 400
Dean Dime From Hell

Amp
Peavey 5150