So long story short, been playing in my bedroom all my life, usually headphones or volume as low as possible. Amps I've used is blackstar ht5/yamaha thr10/guitarrig/amplitube etc. Recently, I was put in a band setting (you know, with other real people... and a drummer...). The things that shocked me: 1) I couldn't hear myself - and they looked at me like I was a madman for asking them to "turn stuff down" 2) Did I mention stuff was really deafening LOUD? AND 3) The tone of loud guitars (at least with the amps that were there, set to 11) sucked so bad, It was nothing like what I've experienced before. It was very "edgy/spiky/unpleasant-piercing/" it felt like it had no character to it, be it if you played soft or hard, played a downstroke chord or an upstroke... so little "oomph", just flat out loud... noise. All of this made playing the electric guitar... very...(I cant believe this) unpleasant... My question is... is it just me, or is this a totally new world I've set foot in? Is it possible to make it sound more... bedroomy... more sterile/controlled as opposed to "the sound just flying everywhere". Sorry no examples as I'm too lazzy to youtube, but if I'm crazy about this then just tell me, if stuff is really this different then you probably know what i mean I realize that the "best" way to handle this would be to mic my little amp to a PA, saddly I dont have the means to do this. And I don't know why I even came here, I suppose I need a "classic rock/approaching metal" type of amp for a band setting, but would a "good" amp behave the way I'd want it to? I guess this is the reason why everyone is all head over heels about 100W heads/cabs, while im happy with my amplitube?