I have two options sitting before me, taking the shape of a 5150.
One option I have is to sell it, buy a Marshall 8100 for about 150, and pocket somewhere between 400 and 600 dollars to get my savings account rolling.
The other, however, is to spend a day driving two hours plus to a state I have only been in once, without a GPS, probably get lost, and finally get there to trade it for a Marshall DSL 50 watt head.
While I would very much like to get a DSL, I don't know if there's much of a chance of me getting to a meeting place on time if it's that far away. I also don't think I would get many people to approve of my day trip to trade for an amp I might not even end up coming home with.
What do you guys think I should do?
I wouldn't fear the drive. Road trips are always cool, and if you leave yourself plenty of time, worst case you show up an hour early and can hang out somewhere and grab a bite to eat/coffee/etc.
If you sell it, would you be happy with the 8100? Or would you always be staring at your savings account thinking that it could be an amp you actually like? (I don't know anything about the 8100).
Savings is always good, but either way you aren't going in the hole for gear at all, so IMO I'd take the ride, listen to a few new albums and go grab the amp you want.