I recently became aware that my overall sound sucks
and I want to upgrade myself by getting a new amp,
after many hours spent both in stores and on the web reading reviews(which i'm always skeptical about, go figure out who wrote it, an over-stocked store or maybe the manufacturer himself...)
and iv'e come across Ibanez's TBX series amps, as an Ibanez fan i immediately plugged myself in, and for my great surprise (and pleasure) i discovered a high-gain, but yet clear, compressed (with that Mesa/Bogner-ish testicle-breaking low end which i love soooo much (see Under A Glass Moon's intro by Dream Theater - which IS the sound I'm looking for) and an overall "not-stopped-by-a-wall-of-sh*t-like-most-solid-state-amps" distortion with the "mid" dial simply giving me LOADS of sound variations.
Ok I'll stop now before I wet myself.
and so my question is, at that price range (200$-300$) what other amps should I try out? i was mostly disappointed by Fender, Behringer and Line 6...
(I'm not really limited by the 300$ price range, it's just that i was so surprised by this 65w combo! I'd actually prefer a nice half-stack, preferably tube-driven, because solid state amps usually sound "blocked" and sterile, as if their balls were cut off by badly manufactured transistors and your sound "hits" a wall and loses 90% of... of sound!)