Hey new to this forum, been lurking so i know the whole Hi Gain Amp for the Bedroom/Apartment thing has been done to death but there you go. I've recently started getting back into playing and I want a nice sounding amp with high gain for that can handle mostly lead guitar metal/prog metal stuff (Megadeth, Pantera, Satriani, Symphony X etc). My current amp is an old Crate GTX 212 (120 watt solidstate) which i got back when i was playing more about 7/8 years ago. I always liked that it had bucketloads of gain and a nice scooped sound on the solo channel, sadly the amp is quite battered now so needs replacing. I want a similar sort of scooped high gain sound and have been looking at whats available. My younger brother also plays and has a Blackstar HT5R which he boosts with a Satriani Satchurator pedal. I know a lot of people are a fan of the HT5s, but it really doesn't have enough gain on it's own and it sounds really "thin" to my ears... although maybe i'm not cranking the volume high enough to work the speaker (and if it did it would defeat the whole purpose of a bedroom amp) Other amps I've considered are the ENGL Gigmaster and the Orange Dark Terror etc series but I wouldn't rule out looking at good solid state amps either. A store i recently visited recommended a Mesa Mini Rec, which surprised me at first because it's 10w/25w and if the 5w Blackstar seems un-neighbourly then I can only imagine what the Mini Rec would be like. Also it doesn't have a headphone jack which again is a bit annoying. I dont really want to use modelling software as it sounds so stark and depressing, or at least the stuff with my Line6 TonePort I have from 2006 does, I don't know how much better the technology is now days. And in any case, nothing beats sitting down and playing through an amp. Cheers for all your help guys and sorry for the long winded post!