Hello everybody! First time poster, but I've been checking on the forums occasionally for advice and tips for a while now. I bought a Framus Cobra with matching 4x12 cabinet (loaded with v25 greenbacks) about a week ago on eBay. The clean channel sounds fantastic: bright, chimey, and shimmering are just some of words that come to mind when describing it. It's honestly one of the best clean tones I've heard from a high gain head. The crunch channel sounds pretty sick too; if I want to get that dirty grunge tone I can dial it in with ease. My main problem, however, is with the lead channel itself. It has this flubby bottom end with no definition whatsoever and the highs sound brittle and uninspiring. I've owned a Krank revolution and a 5150 II head in the past. The krank revolution was paired with the matching cabinet, and I had the 5150 II with an ENGL oversized cabinet. Both of these sounded miles ahead of the Framus, albeit I had put in new tubes and had a lot of goodies to go with them (e.g., sonic maximizer, rack eqs, etc.,). I've already ordered some Tung-Sol EL34B power amp tubes to replace the existing Electro harmonix ones that are god knows how old in there. And I plan on using a Maxon OD-808 overdrive pedal. But do you think these additions will be sufficient? I've spent a good half an hour + changing the EQ knobs, playing with the notch switch, and messing with the presence and deep knobs to no effect; it's like the amp has a blanket over it and it sounds muddy as hell. At this point I'm too disillusioned to try messing with it further, lol. My guitar is a 7 string agile septor with a bareknuckle painkiller set, so I really don't see it being a problem with my guitar. It's not like I'm trying the amp with a Squier. Any additional suggestions? I've tried the amp at a fairly loud volume (channel on 8, master at about 4-5), and it still sounds like dookie. Also, I've tried using a Maxon OD-9 pedal in the past, and to me it really sounded like a treble boost to the lead channel. I was using this in the front of the amp and not the effects loop. For a pedal like this to be used as a clean boost is it recommended to be used in the effects loop, or the front of the amp? Also, what are the recommended settings? I remember turning the knobs like crazy and experimenting to no avail. Any help is appreciated! I have faith in you all you gear freaks out there! =D P.S. The best cabinet I've ever heard was a Krank Revolutin (loaded with eminence legend V12s, same as the Vader cabs). Do you think this may this be a better pairing with the head? I've heard that the amp matched with the Cobra cabinet is a great combination, but the v25s and their low wattage kinda scare me. It seems like they would woof out easily and I'm not familiar with these speakers at all. Would a speaker swap also help? Thanks!