Hi, my friend is wanting to put a band together and start gigging. He is pretty against getting a tube amp and just wants something that sounds good and is easy to lug around. I've suggested the early Made in England Valvestated combos which can be had for about $150. I have the 8100 head and I love it! I figure he get the 1x12 80 watt combo version and change the speaker and he'll have everything he needs. I played a Marshall lead 20 today and that was pretty kickass too. What do you guys think? Oh yeah, my friend is into rock and blues along the lines of 90's music.