Wait would I need to get a new sound card as well? I have a Creative Labs Audigy 2Z or something of that name.
Tubes are considerably more expensive, but offer a much better sound and tone. Would you recommend a solid state or a tube and what brand amps/models, given that I would probably still want/need to purchase recording gear as listed above [because I know almost all of you will say tube amps hands down]? I was thinking of a Laney head and a 2x12 cab, but of course I am VERY open to any other opinions.
nope you wouldn't need a sound card if you have an interface .
what music are you playing ? laney from what i hear is very nice , i have never personally played one .
As far as good sounding soild state heads go, the peavey xxl is nice very tube like and cheaper at around 300 to 350 used .
the ibanez tone blaster head , 235 new is a very good vaule . I tt packs a tone of distortion , cleans are alright and IMO is fairly versital .
I have never played but hear good things about the carvin sx head . Very reasonably priced and like i said are suppose to be fairly good sounding .
moving to tube and hybrid you get these in a fairly decent range
the vox ad100vt head . These amps pack quite an aray of sounds , from effects to amp modelers . The different model amp sounds are close to the real thing for the most part , the effects are decent and the head can be overdriven like a normal tube amp . these sell for 400 new .
the epiphone socal 50 is an all tube amp head . By the way epiphone descibes the amp , it sounds like it is a mesa boogie solo 50 . I haven't even heard of anyone buying one yet , they are newer and sell for 500.
it really again depends on what sound your going for and at what price , there are a ton of amps out there .