ok, so i've narrowed down my choices after lots of agonizing. i'm between a Mesa DC-5, a VHT Deliverance 60, and a VHT Pittbull CL (w/ reverb but no EQ).
the DC-5 is an option because i have heard great things about them here and i've played a DC-10 2x12 combo. very versatile amp. nice cleans, crazy tight gain, cool stuff like a loop and GEQ, and one LOUD mf'er!
the D60 i haven't been able to play, but praise from here, clips i've heard, and stuff recorded w/ one (well, a D120 iirc on Unearth's The March) sound amazing. i know Steve's stuff is top notch quality, too. i like that it can go from clean to full on death metal in one channel with lots of cool tones in between. but that is also one of only 2 downsides i see w/ this amp - only one channel and no loop.
which brings me to the Pittbull CL. EL34's vs the KT88's in the D60 (don't know how much less low end thump it would have vs the D60). but it also has another channel, a loop, and this one has no EQ but it does have reverb. all the bells and whistles the D60 doesn't have. and this one is about $200 more than the D60.
i have a Mesa 4x12 recto cab w/ 70watt V30's that the amp will run through. i play classic rock, 80's metal, modern metal, some blues, and some clean.
basically, if i could get some opinions on the amps or what you guys would do if the choice was yours, i'd appreciate it.
Given what you're going to be playing, I'd say go for the CL. Yeah, you'll lose a bit of low-end thump with the EL34's, but hey, that's what bassists are for