#1
Hey, I've posted a few previous topics that were sorta related, but this is much more direct.

My guitar: Ibanez GRX20Z, I plan on getting a 7 string, most likely an Agile Interceptor 727: http://www.rondomusic.com/interceptorpro727protrigreenmn.html or one of Schecter's 7 String Models.

I play(/will be playing upon acquiring a 7-string) Metallica, Dream Theater, Kamelot, The Absence, Breaking Benjamin, Tool, Amon Amarth, some Firewind, Mastodon, Symphony X, among other things. My favorite genres are Melo-Death and Prog/Power Metal and others. I'll also be playing clean stuff. Hopefully that should give you an idea of the kind of tone I want.

Would this be a good half-stack for me? http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Randall-RX120RH-and-RX412-Half-Stack?sku=481735 I love Randall's tone in their head units, but buying a top-notch head unit and two good cabinets is something that I won't be able to afford for a WHILE, so I looked up this thing on musiciansfriend.

Input, suggestions, etc? Thanks
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#2
Everyone's going to tell you to get a tube combo instead, but Randall makes some decent SS amps. Still, that stack will probably be something you'll want to upgrade in the future, depending on how serious you get, whereas a good tube combo could serve you well indefinitely.
#3
Its true. I have a Randall Pro-Tube 1000 (not the new model that came out a few years ago, this one is from like 80-something) and it has the most amazing tone.

However, i don't play the same type of music as you do. I prefer the likes of White Stripes, Nirvana, etc.... so not so much 'heavy' sounds, as 'full' sounds.
Yeah, uh-huh...that's what they all say.
#4
That's a lot of stuff for not a lot of money. I'd be suspicious.

Think in terms of scale. When you buy a cheap stack, you're basically buying a large version of an inexpensive amp. When you buy a good (but cheap) combo, you're basically buying a small version of an expensive amp. See the difference?

A quick MF scan turned up these in the $500-$700 range:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Marshall-Haze-MHZ40C-40W-1x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=581910
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Hughes-Kettner-25th-Anniversary-Edition-Tube-20W-1x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=620517#used

Both are good amps, and 20-40 watts of tube power is equal to about 60-80 watts from the Randall. And if you know your math, you'll know 120 watts is only 3 db louder than 60 watts. Both have two channels, better speakers than the Randall (especially on the Hughes and Kettner), and I believe both have a speaker out for connecting to a stack later. The H&K also has real good reverb, which the Marshall and Randall are slightly lacking in.

Without doing any other research, I'd go with the H&K. It's a good amp, and that brand is known for the tone you're after. It's also portable (and loud) enough for most gigs, and I know for a fact that the circuitry of the amp is much closer to what is played by the bands you named than the Randall.