Tube amp opinions for this situation?
I'm looking to switch to a meatier tube amp now that I have a decent guitar. I have been looking at the Laney Pro-Tube 50 watt heads mostly since I'm not looking to spend a fortune. I'd probably hook it up to a 2x12 cab. My main concern is that I don't always want to use it at screaming volume, but I know tube amps sound better when they are driven hard. Would I still get decent tone with lower volume and maybe throwing in an overdrive pedal (when I don't want to wake the neighbors)? My other thought would be to look into something like a Mesa F30, but figured getting the Laney head might be more flexible down the road. I like that high gain sound from the Mesa too.
So basically my questions is for lower volume playing would an overdrive pedal do the trick? Thanks guys.