Ok, for the next—I don't know— 4-8 years I'll be in an apartment setting. I want to get a tube amp, because I am no longer happy with my Valvetronix. I'd like to have a nice tone—creamy overdrive?—at low levels, but I like cleans too.

I play:
Classic Rock (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, etc.)
80's Metal
(I want to get into shred, but at this time I lack ability )

Budget: ~ $500, but I might be able to raise it to $700.

Amps I've looked at:
Blackheart (Killer Ant, Little Giant, H. Devil )
Blackstar HT-5H
Epi Valve Jr.

I've never owned a tube amp, and I don't suppose someone could explain to my why I should get a combo or a half-stack? I've heard the Blackhearts were made for closed-back cabs, whereas the combo does not have a closed back.

If you could point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

P.S. As I'm a tad far from GC, I can only make maybe one trip to test the amps. Even then, I wouldn't be able to stay long.

Also, I don't mind buying an attenuator or pedals as long as the amp is good.
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I can guarantee you that most of those amps would be too loud for an apartment setting. Do you plan on gigging? If so, I'd recommend something like a 15-30 watt tube amp and attenuator.
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The Little Giant, HT-5 or AC4TV are great amps. The AC4TV would be the best if you're really worried about volume because it can switch between 4, 1 and 1/4 watts. An Od pedal and an Eq pedal in front of one of those will get you anything except death metal.
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The Vox AC4TV out of the options would be pretty kickass for what you play, and if i doesn't have enough gain for the 80's metal, it takes well to pedals.The Blackstar HT-5 is an amazing amp also, but for the creamy overdrive department, the Vox will probably deliver the goods better.

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id say the vox for the creamy sound and the ht-5 for the metal
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