I've somehow fallen into playing with a rock band again. My Tech 21 Trademark 30 has been OK for practice so far, but I really need channel switching, and probably a bit more volume.
I am generally biased toward combos since I don't like to leave my rig at a practice space. I also don't want something with too many knobs. I can spend all day tweaking, but I'm just much happier with something that just sounds good.
I had a Mesa F-30 combo that might have delivered what I want, but that was a long time ago, and I could never get a lead sound I liked.
I realize this is a wide open question, but what should I audition? The style is gothic/ethnic metal in the vein of Nightwish, Therion, Myrath, etc. I want pretty cleans, hard-rock crunch, epic heavy rhythm, and smooth liquid leads (don't we all...)