New to playing guitar. Got myself a new '17 LP standard and a Fender Champion 600 right now that my buddy gave me for light home practice. The Champion does an admirable job and sounds great for fairly low volume, but obviously has it's limitations. I'm looking to upgrade to something bigger with a 12" speaker. I won't be doing any gigs, so it's strictly for home use, but I want it to get loud and dirty and I'm not worried about neighbors. I've considered Blackstar and Vox as well, but while they both no doubt sound great and I appreciate them, they just didn't move me like Marshall and Fender. I've played the Princeton and DSL40 extensively at my local GC and it was no help, I really enjoy them both for different reasons and i'm completely torn. If i had the money i'd own them both. I'm trying to do this without a ton of pedals. I know you guys can't tell me what's right for ME, but i'd appreciate any wisdom you can pass along to help me make this decision. I'm spending a lot of money (well it is for me anyways) early on in the game before I am experienced, and I don't want to regret my early decisions. I listen to and will venture to learn how to play jazz, blues, classic rock and occasionally hard rock. I need an amp setup that's versatile, but simple (small footprint) if possible because I don't have a lot of room at home for gear. I know these are two completely different beasts. I absolutely can't get over the cleans and reverb of the Princeton. The Marshall cleans aren't terrible by any means, but every time i plugged back into the Princeton I was just seduced by the rich, organic tones, they're just beautiful and I never wanted to stop plucking those LP strings! However I can only get to about 5 on the volume knob before my ears bleed and that's not enough for the distortion i'm after. Therefore I feel the Princeton by itself is a bit limited for me here. I can see jazz and blues out of this amp all day, but I'm worried i won't be able to rock out without a bunch of additions to the amp (pedals, attenuation, etc). On the other hand, the Marshall has swiss army knife ability and gets dirty really easily. I had a lot of fun playing it because there are so many adjustments and different sounds that can be had. I can see myself playing across all genres with this thing really easily. I love how i can go clean or get crunch and distortion so easily and at really low volumes when needed using the triode mode. The main drawbacks are that overall it sounds a touch tinny to me, lacking the rich, sophisticated tones of the Fender, and the reverb is practically non-existent by comparison (the reverb not as big a deal as the cleans to me). I've considered the Princeton paired with a pedal like the Friedman BE-OD, which i heard at GC and it sounded great... but then i'm looking at a $1,300 investment whereas the DSL40c is $700. I can swing $1,300 if I must, but saving $600 sounds awesome too and wouldn't require the extra pedal/wires. But damn i would miss the cleans of the Princeton. So you see my dilemma. Sorry for the crazy long post.