#1
So here's the story. My band and i have been doing some gigs (usually about 200-500 people) and the other guitarist in the band never goes past 3-4 ( volume) on his Fender Mustang III, while I am constantly on 8-9. We play pretty well anything from lighter, cleaner stuff all the way to metal. I need a good amp that i can gig with, but ideally under about $600. I am by no means an expert on amps, but tube amps are generally favored, apparently louder as well? Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
#2
Vyper Tube would probably do the deed but there are plenty of other amps in that price bracket that would probably work for you. To help us further, what do you call metal?
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#3
are you typicaly mic'd? if so everything gets mixed. if it sounds halfway decent why not save more for something better now and mic what you have now.

but... if you want/need better tone, that is a tighter budget.

XXX/JSX they can be found in combo within your budget.

they are both pretty versatile but if you have the choice i would go JSX.

what are you looking for?
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#4
We play Metallica, Iron Maiden, and some Slayer for metal, and we aren't usually mic'd at the gigs we play, so loud is good. Overall, versatility is a good thing.
#5
Forgot to add this, but I don't really care if it is a combo or head/cab, as long as it fits my criteria.
#6
So you'll want something Marshall flavored. Peavey VTM, Marshall JCM 900 MKIII if you don't mind a little easy modding, Marshall DSL, and Jet City are all good places to start.

A couple of those may be a tad over budget with a cab, but if you are patient you could get them and a cab used within budget.
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#7
I agree with all of the previous suggestions. Particularly the DSL - as long as it's a proper JCM2000 DSL and it was made after 2003.
The JSX suggestion is a good one too. Not the first thing that pops into mind with those bands but I reckon you'd have a lot of fun with it. Certainly versatile enough. If you see one for a good price, seriously consider it.
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#8
I have been looking at the Marshalls and most our out of budget that i have found except for the jcm 2000 DSL 50, and even that one is a bit iffy. I like the sound of them, however. They seem very versatile for the types of music we play. Is the 50 enough? any other options?
#10
A JCM2000 DSL50 is plenty loud for anything you would be doing. You will never be able to max the volume in a typical venue/bar.

I have the 100 watt head and I use it through a Krank Rev 4x12 and it sounds great. You can get a used Marshall 1960 cab for cheap. www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-MARSHALL-1960A-4X12-109979491-i3685890.gc
or
www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-MARSHALL-MF400A-4X12-CAB-110026521-i3680320.gc

I'd go with the MF400 cab personally, but either would work great for you
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