Ok after hours of reading and searching I am completely confused. There are so many choices in amps, but I need some help to make sure I dont end up with an amp that isnt right. Your guidance in the past has been greatly helpful. so thanks in advance.
Heres my situation and tastes:
-own a house so volume isnt necessarily an issue however i dont play super loud anyhow, sound at low volume important for late night practice
-Im an intermediate player, not in a band, just home practice etc
-New to tube amps
-Quality is important
-Taste: Metallica (first 4 albums), slayer, lamb of god, machine head, sabbath, maiden, KSE, pantera, BFMV etc
originally set out for the EVH 5150III 50 watt, based on what ive heard and read. my question is 50 watt a complete waste if the volume knob isnt gonna swing past 2 (not as on a clock #2)? Or should i be looking for a lower watt head? I feel that is my major concern at this point, is a 50 watt head impractical if the volume is gonna live in the lower settings? Would I be better off with a mini rectifier, blackstar metal ht-5, etc or something along those lines. thanks guys!
50w is not a waste even if the volume knob stays low, so long as you get it loud enough that the Fletcher-Munson effect gets rid of some of the "fizz." Those 5150 IIIs are solid amps, as are the 6505 Peavey versions.
The Mini Rec is LOUD, and like most Rectos, sounds its best when at a reasonable volume, but still sounds pretty good when at home rehearsal volume.
If you're home-only, though, it's hard to argue with the Marshall 1-watt JVM, which does a pretty good Master of Puppets impression. Modern crunchy, gainy tones from whisper-quiet to loud-stereo-loud, although with the gain set low (as in, at 2 or less ) you can do more versatile stuff. Only disadvantages are its price, the fact that it's probably not loud enough to gig with without a 4x12, the fact that the clean channel is utter shit, and the fact that the gain past noon is almost unusable (although hilariously fun).