Help me choose an amp!
Hi guys!, I'm looking to buy my first tube amp in near future.
I'm looking for amp that sounds good on bedroom volume, but also loud enough for band practice session.
I play two kinds of music, one is blues, so it must have good clean/break up sound. (Big S.R.V Fan)
Second is hard rock, so it must be capable of saturated hi gain sound with tight low end for rhytm, and good sustaining, harmonically rich lead tone.
I really like the lead tone of Gary Moore (R.I.P) in the song "blues for narada", and "cold day in hell". That might give you better idea what I'm looking for.
I never owned a tube amp before (poor me..!), so I don't know yet what to expect (maintenance, realiability, etc.), I prefer an amp that is self-biasing, or fixed bias, because I don't know a thing about electronics, and I don't know where to find a tech where I live.
After playing for 5 years, I've owned numerous multi-fx pedal (Zoom 707, Korg AX1500, POD XT Live, BOSS GT-8, Tonelab LE), on all of them, I tend to favor the british amp models, my favorite is the "plexi variac" on the Line6 POD.
My main guitar is a Fat Strat style with alder body and duncan pearly gates. I also have an Ibanez AR300 with duncan TB-5.
I'm willing to spend amount equivalent to 2000$ maximum
Right now I'm thinking either small low wattage tube combo, in particular the cornford carrerra, or a high watt amp that able to sound good at low volumes (mesa mk v?) Which one do you think will suit me best?
Any suggestion is highly appreciated! (pardon my english!)