As some of you may know, I've had a few amplifiers over the last couple years - sold, traded, etc., all of them away for one reason or another.
My last trade was a 6505MH for the Laney Ironheart 60H I currently have. I don't regret that trade - I felt that the mini-head was a one-trick pony (and it truth it may be that my skills are developed enough to teach that pony new tricks.) The Laney worked out fine, offering me options for tone and style.
Saying all of this, the Blues Jr. I picked up a couple weeks ago has turned all that on its head. That little machine is so versatile. It doesn't do metal, of course, but it'll get up and growl or scream with an overdrive. It does southern rock, blues rock, 80's/90's hard rock, excellent cleans... and the reverb on it actually sounds good.
So now, I look at my setup in a completely different light. The Blues Jr. is my practice amp, it's my fiddling around amp, it's my go-to unless I just want to pick up the V and melt the walls. And in those cases, I almost feel like I miss my early 5150 or a 6505+.
This is going to sound like a stupid question, but here you are anyway:
Have you ever picked up an amp that completely changed the way you look at your gear? A "game-changer," if you'll excuse the well-worn cliche?
Before I bought my first Mesa, a Nomad 45 2x12, in something like 2002, all I ever had for overdrive tones was a Boss Hyperfuzz and an ART Xtreme+ pedal into a pair of 1x10 combo amps; a Crate 15X and a Kustom. For one thing, having an amp that tight forced me to tighten up my playing!