After a couple months of searching I finally found the amp I was looking for: Mesa Boogie 5:25 Express As a new guitar player my requirements were to find something Suitable for low volume Nice Cleans Gain/Master Volume Tube Under $800 The journey was kind of interesting, the first amp that was presented was the Fender Blue's Junior, but upon more research it gets quite mixed reviews and a lot of people were suggesting the new Fender Bassbreaker 15 as a more versatile alternative for not a lot more money. Being new to the guitar world I didn't really have any preconceived notions as to what the "best" amp was. I knew Fenders and Marshalls were good, but didn't really know why or which models. I did a bit more research and found that the Fender Deluxe series are held in very high regard as opposed to the Blues Jr or Bassbreaker. This warranted another trip back to guitar center to try all the Fender amps side by side. After playing a Princeton and HRD there was no way I could accept a Blue Junior or the Bassbreaker. But both the HRD and Princeton didn't really suit all my needs. The Princeton had no gain and the HRD was too loud. Back to drawing board... At this point I decided to reach out to other brands. That's when I found out about the VOX AC15. It checked all my boxes and I'm even a sucker for the limited edition special color'd tolex models. The only "issue" I had with them is that they are made in china so I decided to look out at the American manufactures before pulling the trigger... (not saying there's anything wrong with things made in china, but I prefer to buy from a NA manufacture when I can...) Turns out there are really only 3 manufactures that make amps in the USA that I could find in my budget, Mesa, Carvin and Peavy. That's when I came across the Express series. It seemed perfect, multiple channels, reputation for good cleans and dirt, made in the USA and you could even run it in 5 watt mode. Turns out there weren't any local to me to try out, but there was one available on Reverb for a good price. I sent the dealer an offer and voila: Mesa Boogie Express 5:25 1x10" So I've had to for about a week now. The cleans are very nice and the gain channel is just what I've been looking for. I can get all the tones I want without having to use a pedal. Speaking of which, as an added bonus the way the LEDs change on the amp with footswitch is very cool. I've heard people complain about the speaker the 10", but I don't think i play at loud enough volume where it would be a concern. For about $600 I don't think there's much better I could have done.