The only brand listed that I,ve played through and giged with is Mesa Boogie and I've played thorugh a lot of cool amps over the years ( VHT, soldano, Rivera, Laney, Randall, Marshall, Carvin, line 6 etc but its all about what dynamic's you want. I demo'd a Mk V Mesa and giged a single rectifier and owned a rectifier pre amp for three days till' it failed in a rehearsal!
I currently use a soldano 4x12 strait cab with vintage 30's (15+ years old) with a Carvin X100b. I used the cavin as slave amp for many years with a Zoom 9050s pre amp and switched to a Pod v2.
I went and recorded in a studio a few yeaers ago and the best sound was the Carvin on its own as an amp with a Boss DS 1 with a mild setting! If you want fast dynamic's go a Marshall or a Laney, if you want reliability go a Carvin as I giged the hell out of my Carvin and it has never failed but if you can find a VHT pitbull classic they are cool too as well as soldano's and Randall are geared towards Metal ( still very cool ) at the end of the day try everything thats in your budget and pick what you are most comfortable with! Its all about form and function and what suits you not your idol.
I prefer my JCM 900 100WATT Hi Gain Dual Reverb 4100 model Head and my JCM900 B-CAB. Had the A-CAB when I bought my Halfstack back in '92' and I bought the B-CAB LIKE IN 96'.So for several great years I had Full stack well the Ole' Devil got a Hold of me with Pain Killers nding up Pawning my Cabs and getting them in and out so many times well I ended up in a Rut where I couldn't get my A-cab out and I lost it..The one thing I will always Regret.But hey you Live and LEARN... I use a Digitech RP1000 Integrated effects Unit and I Love it there is so much to Do on that thing it's Awesome Check out the Youtube Demo if you haven't watched it...Check them all out there are several of them.. One guy that has Short darh hair Plays Demoing it..and it sounds great the way he explains it!!!! Pece & Sincerely, Ole' Bedwell
I've been a Mesa guy for nearly 15 years but I tell ya the first time i heard the ENGL Powerball and Fireball amps I was blown away and now I"m an ENGL guy. I just cant afford one now! Seriously if you love Mesa check out the Engl stuff. I believe Andy James plays through a Powerball on his video for "What lies beneath" and the tone is just sickly amazing. Check it out.