I finally have money in hand and will be ordering an amp today. At this point there are 3 amps that I really like and want but the delimma I am having is pretty much if I buy the Framus, which I think will be the best out of the three, I will not be able to buy all the other equipment that I want, if I buy the Mesa I will be able to buy all the equipment that I want, and the Soldano I will be able to buy most.
Framus Dragon - 1299
Soldano Hot Rod 50 - 999
Mesa Single Rect - 799
The Soldano is also a 1 channel amp, which I can make work by rolling my volume back and I LOVE the Soldano crunch, but I think I would have to end up investing in another amp for the clean. I am Really lusting after the Framus, but I feel like I am going to need a new cab for it, which I won't be able to buy because I am also buying a Schecter V-7. I also need some cables, a Proco Rat to boost it, and a footswitch for my Lexicon, which I won't be able to afford if I get the Framus. I am going to try to talk them down on the Dragon because I have seen them go for $900 before, if they will take $1099 for it it would work out perfectly. I couldn't buy a new cab, but I would have about $100 for new cables and the Rat (which I can get for $50).
I have a used Cobra that I want to sell, and I'm in Virginia.
For $1299 I'd sell you the cobra, and throw in a BYOC distortion pedal that I hand built. Depending on what you need for cables, I might be able to throw in a few decent quality ones (not Monster 1000s, mind you )
I am a mesa guy at heart, and love the recto sound. I don't feel like you can go wrong with the Mesa amps, but the single is just two channels, and if it were my only amp I'd miss having three. The Hotrod 50 is the amp that I used for all the leads on my last CD, as well as the last two Pharaoh CDs and the upcoming EP. But, as you've said, it's a little bit limiting. The Framus is a great amp, and three channels. The crunch is really nice, dryer than the mesa a bit, and the cleans are better than either the Mesa or Soldano (IMO). I just picked up a Bogner, or I'd be keeping the Framus, and if I don't sell the Framus (and my wife doesn't kill me) I won't be upset!