#1
I want to upgrade to a proper tube amp. I want to carve my tone with effect-pedals and I want quality effects.

Am I correct to assume I need an amp with a great clean tone and little or no on-board effects, or distortion?
What else do I need to know to get there?

Thanks for all the help on I'm sure a newbie question. Just trying to research this question yields only obvious shit about amps in general.
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#2
You need this:

Simul-Class Power Amp featuring Multi-Watt and Duo-Class technologies which provide three power and three operating class options that are channel assignable via 10/45/90 Watt Power Switches: Choose 2 power tubes operating in pure vintage Class A (single-ended), producing 10 Watts - 2 tubes running in time-honored Class A/B producing 45 Watts or 4 tubes running in Mesa’s legendary, patented Simul-Class Power that blends the best of Class A and Class A/B simultaneously to produce 90 Watts of pure tonal magic / 4x6L6 (or 4xEL-34), 7x12AX7, 1x5U4

Bias Select Switch (6L6/EL34)

Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance

Full Power/Variac Power

3 Fully Independent Channels with 9 Modes (Channel 1 = Clean, Fat or Tweed™, Channel 2 = Edge, Crunch or Mark I™, Channel 3 = Mark IIC+™, Mark IV™ or Extreme)

Each Channel features: Independent Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Master, Footswitchable or Auto-Assignable Contour Depth Control, Footswitchable All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb Control, Rectifier Tracking (Auto-selects Tube for all 10 Watt Modes, Diode for all 90 Watt Modes, selectable Tube or Diode for 45 Watt Modes on Channels 1 and 2, Diode for 45 Watt Mode on Channel 3.

5 Band Graphic EQ is Footswitchable, Channel Assignable and Selectable between 1 group of 5-Band Sliders or 3 channel specific, variable depth Contour Controls.

Footswitchable, Channel Assignable or True Bypassable Fully Buffered FX Loop with Send Level Control (over all channels when activated)

Output Level Control (over all channels when activated)

Footswitchable Solo Level Control (over all channels when activated)

True “Hard” Bypass Switch removes FX Loops, Output Level & Solo Level Controls from signal path

Tuner Output w/Footswitchable Mute

Slave Out w/Level Control

Fan Cooled with On/Off Switch
#5
I play stoner- and alternative modern rock. Chunky, distorted and fuzzy tones.

Here's an example (I like the 'strong dryness') http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXDWok09bXI

Here's another one (kind of a high gain with tone at 0 thing?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJiBRzd3IUg&feature=related

It's for home use now but later on I'd hope for band playing.
I can spend a few hundred, maybe around 500 with cab included.. It can totally be used.
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Quote by Eddy~
I play stoner- and alternative modern rock. Chunky, distorted and fuzzy tones.

Here's an example (I like the 'strong dryness') http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXDWok09bXI

Here's another one (kind of a high gain with tone at 0 thing?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJiBRzd3IUg&feature=related

It's for home use now but later on I'd hope for band playing.
I can spend a few hundred, maybe around 500 with cab included.. It can totally be used.

For the budget maybe a Peavey Classic 30, some Fender combo or whatever gives you a nice clean tone.
The tones in the clips sounded more like overdrive pedals, the second one sounded like a neck singlecoil and an OD pedal.
But anyway, get some kind of Tube Screamer or clone along with a clean amp and be happy.
Other than that you might like Orange amps, they are very Stoner-ish sounding.
#9
Do Orange amps take pedals well?
I've been looking at them.

Should I also keep an eye for british hi-watt amps?
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