I know this is another "Which Amp" thread but I used the search and couldn't geta n answer. I need a new amp to play some Rock/Hard Rock on as well as a little bit of metal and maybe blues. Something that handles distortion well but has nice cleans.

Im not really fussed about what type of amp whether tube or transistior I just want something that will play what I specified. I currently use an Epiphone Les Paul Custom.

My price range is about $200-$500 US. The cheaper the better. I'd like to be able to gig with it.
Tube amps will give you a better tone for hard rock, that is sure. Look into Peavey Valveking, 112 maybe with a speaker/tube swap it will give you better tone too, but for the money, it's a good choice
Yeah I was thinking about a valveking. Unfortunately in the land down under its going to cost me about $1000 AU, ($950 US). F***ing government and suppliers. It it actually a tube amp and whats the speaker swap thingy?