So I'm wondering if anyone has compared a good set of these in the context of classic 5150 metal tones. Basically I'd really like something to get those old death metal sounds that were almost all 5150/EMGs, and trying to find the amp that's most justifiable. I throw these up since they all kind of brown sound based amps, but they're not often compared from the perspective of metal. Basically as I see it: Friedman: Cleans I would use. Midgain tones that are amazing. Metal? I'm not sure. I'd probably get the BE-50. Expensive. 5150 stealth: Sounds amazing for high gain / metal, but not impressed by the rest. Expensive for just a high gain sound. Block letter: Hard to find in good condition, but can definitely do the metal sound and are overall pretty cheap. Cheap enough to justify just for the iconic sound. LBX: Easy to find, cheap, convenient. Downsides: EL84s. I just can't trust EL84s to deliver that sound... am I wrong?