#1
First of all, I can't decide between solid-state and tubes. I know tubes need to be louder to get the great tone, but right now I only play at low volume (bedroom levels), so would SS be better for me?

I played the Mesa Rectifier and that is my dream amp... but WAY too expensive for me.

So
What's a decent amp for stuff like Metallica/ Tool/ A Perfect Circle etc...? (SS or tubes, whatever you think). I'm not paying more than $500, but I'm going to buy used, so you can recommend anything <$800 ish. This will probably be a combo amp (just because they're usually cheaper right?)

Thanks a lot!
#2
You could get a tube amp and throw a pedal or two infront of it. That way you have the volume if you ever need it, and for when you really want to piss off your neighbours
#4
yeah such as peavey valveking royal 8 or epiphone valve junior, you'll have to use a pedal to get that metallica tone tho. to be honest im in exactly the same situation at the moment but have opted to stay with my 10-watt kustom amp (ss) as i've decided im pretty content with it atm. try a few low wattage amps, making sure you use your own guitar and pedals (or close to).
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