Originally Posted by Matt C
This. My 25w Mini Recto won't achieve power tube distortion at a sane level. I had to get it around halfway up, and then it hung with a drummer. Through a 1x12. I've run it through a 4x12, and it gets ridiculous pretty quick. Power tube distortion just cannot be achieved at manageable volume levels. You need somewhere that you can open it up.
The whole reason for the development of cascading gain circuits and cathode followers was to specifically address the problem of achieving distortion and saturation at less than jet engine decibel level.