Hoping to draw some experience and maybe get some suggestions for things I've not considered here.
I'm in the process of getting an amp/cab setup for the house. I should have a 2x12 by the end of the day and I'm currently browsing the used and new market for a head. I'm planning on getting an attenuator at some point as well if I end up getting something big.
I'm mostly playing metal but would like something with a bit of versatility. Something that has a variable power section would also be great so suggest me some amps that fit that criteria. Noise isn't an issue for me neighbors wise but the room I'll be playing in is about 14x14ft so extreme loudness will get pretty fatiguing.
Here are some options on the used market so far:
VHT Pitbull 100 CL
Pros are its an amp i've always wanted. Its also at a great price. Cons, I worry that the volume taper will make it to blisteringly loud. The guy who is trying to sell it has clearly struggled to do so. So if I do want rid of it I may have the same issue.
Pros also at a great price, tried and tested. Cons brutally loud.
Great price for this again. I'd probably like it to begin with but I worry that they get summed up as being too 'high-fi' and that is probably not a quality I am after.
Freidman Pink Taco
Limited options compared to other things on the table but sounds like a great amp. lower wattage but I'm led to believe they are still loud for what they are
Mesa Mk V
Although I'm being offered this at a steal of a price its still quite a lot compared to the others that are on the table. Switchable wattage makes it better suited to playing in the house even though its still loud. Used to have one, probably all time favorite amp.
Mk V 25
one of these has shown up used for £850. Probably the most sensible option for home use but I have heard they struggle with live use with loud drummers. No idea if that is true though. Its unlikely i'll be playing live but if the opportunity arises I would be pissed off if my amp couldn't cut it.
5150 III 50 watt
Good price again. Not tried one myself but they seem to get a good rep and I have seen many touring bands using them so they must have something going for them.
Give me all of your internet expert opinions!
I'd lean heavily toward the CL. Rectos are great (I love my triple), but unless it's a reborn with the 50W option, it wants to be at least a little unsociably loud. The VHT sounds good at a level where the recto has barely even turned on properly. The D-Moll is one of my favourite Diezels, but I think the recto, pittbull and MKV trounce it. Mk5 is (assuming you use it as an MkIV) a great amp, but they don't want to be quiet at all. I don't like 5150 IIIs, and have never played a friedman.
CLs still sound very good at low volume, and have a 50W option (just flip the standby switch the other way). I use mine in 100W all the time though, including at practice volume. It's actually my default low volume amp out of triple (including in 50W mode), and driftwood purple nightmare (which has a 2W SS mode) and 22W mini nightmare. Also, it's an incredible amp, I fucking love it.