So I've been playing with my band for quite some time now, and I am not completely satisfied with my tones. I know I am a bit of a greedy f*cker regarding tones...however that's not the point. Last week we played live in a mid-large venue that has nice stage gear and I had -kind of- a revelation. Let me be thorough: The band has two guitarists, we play 80s styled metal & covers. During practice I plug the Helix in the return of a mini-rec going into a vertical marshall 2x12. For my lead tones (strictly amp-wise not talking about effects) I add 3-6db from the output block, usually I also increase the gain and sag a bit. Typical amp models are the Placater dirty and Line 6 2203 Mod. My friend goes from an MXR 5150 to the input of a Marshall 1962 JTM Bluesbreaker combo. For his leads he steps on a TC-electronics sparkle booster (placed after the MXR). Rehearsal observations: Our rhythm sounds are comparable, mine have a bit more of a high mids focus than his. When going to lead though he totally buries me. His sounds is so much fuller, ballsy and round. Compared to mine which sound tinny/hollow, although I have almost maxed mid settings on the amp models. Live observations: This venue offers 2 Marshall JVM410 heads with the accompanying 4x12 cabs. It was really funny when I plugged in the return once again and -lo and behold- instant brutal mayhem! My rhythm sounds were amazing even in the full band mix! On the other hand we had to fiddle with my friend's rhythm sound a lot (both on the amp and his pedals). Nevertheless, his leads were again more to my liking. Finishing rumblings (or TLDR if you may): Is the TC Sparkle booster magical? Add mid hump with EQ block after the amp block for leads (I am really wary of the honkiness)? 4x12s and 100w really rock when you can really use them!