I'm interested in buying a small combo tube amp as well as one or two effects pedals. I want a smaller wattage combo amp because I don't need to be loud (not in a band) and I need to not piss off my neighbors with extremely loud noise (thinner apartment walls). I'm thinking of something in the 5 watt range (although let me know if there's not much of a difference for a 15 w or so). Again, this would be just for bedroom playing and practice.

I've also been perusing the internet and decided that I should invest some money into a couple effects pedals if I want some flexibility and better sound. So far, I've decided that I would want an overdrive pedal and a fuzz pedal (I've had a wah for several years now, so that is covered).

I've got an Epiphone Les Paul Standard as well as an American Vintage Reissue 1962 Fender Jazzmaster. I play classic rock, alternative rock, blues, grunge, and a taste for some metal. I would like something that is versatile enough to play well with both of these guitars and most of the styles I play (obviously I'm not looking for a metal amp, but I do want something that I can get some good distortion from, with or without pedals).

I've looked around at amps and found a few that may meet what I want. I'd like to know what other people out there thought of these amps and pedals and would recommend for my case.

For amps:

Bugera v5 (would really appreciate any thoughts on this one)
Peavey Valveking Royal 8 (a bit more expensive, is it worth it?)
Vox AC4TV (same thoughts as the Peavey)
Any others?

For pedals:

Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer (or a Boss Ds-1? need some advice)
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker (or the Big Muff Pi or Little Big Muff, again, need advice on which one)
Other good distortion or fuzz pedals?

I really don't want to spend more than 200-300 for the amp (that may change later, but please stick to it for now). I realize that knocks a lot of really good tube amps out of my price range, but I am not going to wait until I start my job next June to have an amp better than my Roland 15 Cube (plus I don't think that I would want a higher watt amp that I couldn't play often).

Please give me some advice for tube combo amp selection and effects pedals. Let me know if I'm even looking in the right direction at all. Thanks in advance.
For a tube combo, I'd definitely go for the AC4. I wasn't a fan of the Royal 8.
I have a tubescreamer and I love it. That or a Fulltone OCD would be a great boost.
Can't comment on a fuzz pedal.

Edit- tr3nt just put up a NAD thread for his new AC4. You might want to read the thread, PM him, and listen to the sound clip he posted.

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I'd go for the AC4, mostly because it has a power scaling feature.
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AC4TV, i just watched it on youtube sounds awsome
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I have played through the Royal 8, and i have to say that i wasn't impressed. The overdrive sounded kinda harsh to me.

I recommend the blackheart little giant. It has a 3 band eq, and is switchable between 3-5 watts. The cleans and overdrive both sound great, and the 12 inch speaker gives it some thump as opposed to an 8 inch. I own one and i absolutely love it.
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Doesn't do his styles well, and is to expensive.

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