So a few months ago I was introduced to a friend of a friend over some beers. This guy does some high salary day job with engineering or whatever, and has been building tube amps for himself and for sale for about 30 years. Well into the night we worked out a barter that I'd do his annual barbecue (50~60 ppl) and in exchange for pay for my time (and 25 years experience) he'd build me an amp. We talked once since then, and worked out his side of the details about what he'd need to supply me with to pull it off. Now this morning he calls and says everything's in order, and we set the barbecue plans in stone, yadda yadda. So as we're wrapping up the conversation, he says "oh, by the way, when do you want me to start building you that amp?" HUH? he would have started it already, but I pulled a dummy move and ASSUMED it was a quid pro quo thing to be worked out after the event... He'd like to go within the next couple days b/c he has a big project at his work starting in July and will be tied up for a few months. Here's what i think i want: 200ish watts- Real gigs are sort of a thing of the past for me, i don't see the need to be able to carry a room with the rig. is this going to give me enough clean headroom if i want to stay clean and be loud? I like to be able to choose or swithch btw clean/od Two channels, dirty/not. More than one preamp tube. Maybe like a 12au7 for the clean? isn't this one harder to saturate? does more 12ax7's equal more dirt? Am i off to think 5 eq bands (with 3 mids) is a good idea? if i were to use pedals (which i don't now, except my geb-7) i'm a front-end guy, would i be making a mistake leaving off an fx loop? what are the advantages to speakon over 1/4"? I'm sort of a "keep it simple, stupid" player, and this to me seems like i've got the bases covered (nice pun), but I'd like some input (oh, there's another one). Am i missing anything?