I'll keep this short, I am currently looking for a new amp, I have narrowed it down to a few, all suggestions are welcome.
I currently have a Laney Ironheart (bit too bassy for my liking) and a Peavey 6505 (used since 2006, fancy something new)
I play active blackouts and EMGs through a Maxon boosted head into a Framus Cobra cab.
Just finished recording album 1 with Martyn 'Ginge' Ford (Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine ,As I lay Dying)
We used a EVH 5150 into a Mesa v30 oversized cab with an ESP Horizon and Schecter ATX.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGx4pY-vQMk]Vultures - Remastered Audio - YouTube[/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LwpsYK1Z0w]All to Ruin - "As We Exit" A BlankTV World Premiere! - YouTube[/VIDEO]
Those are vids of the band so you get the jist!
I have been looking for a new amp for a while. The EVH is my other guitarists, and while it is amazing for recording, it doesn't cut it for me live. Sounds way too compressed, and I really like to dig in, and get my notes to sing out, feels like I'm playing through a modelling amp live!
The amps I am thinking of are:-
Marshall JVM 410H
Blackstar Series one 6l6
and whatever you guys suggest!
I'd say the JVM is the way to go. Lots of snarl and definitely more "open" and organic than the 5153, plus the midi control and 4 channels with their various modes make it a very versatile amp. It'll blend really well with your bandmate's amp too, since having EL34's you'll be hitting different parts of the sonic spectrum. I've always thought one 6L6 amp and one EL34 is the key to a massive sound.