In my search for the holy grail of tone . . I finally figured it out. I had planned on buying a new W800 because I’ve always loved the deep tone of Mesa products. When I heard they’d been bought out I panicked and thought I’d better get one now before Gibson discontinues or ruins them. Since I’m not in a working band and haven’t been in 20 years . . I did some self reflection and realized a few things. First, I was brought up on Peavey products. A 1977 TNT 100 (which I still have) and then a Mark IV with a 215 cab. Great tone through all my early heavy metal and hard rock years. The Mark IV had plenty of headroom (at 300W) and kept up with all manner of 100W Marshal stacks. Playing with a pick helped a lot too. I moved to the Megabass head and a 18210 cab. I got rave reviews from soundmen on my tone quite often. I then traded the 18210 for two 410 cabs (still all Peavey). Then I graduated to a Mesa Boogie 400+ with a Powerhouse Jr cab. Easy configuration with few nobs to fuss with during a set. Nobody could tell the difference. It was a considerable expense to upgrade to the Mesa Boogie and to not have a dramatic increase of tonal bliss. So after this long winded summation I’ve come to the conclusion that when the day comes that I meet some people that I want to play with I can go to any music store or Craigslist and get gear that will do what I want it to do. The tone I want is not rocket science and I know how to replicate it reasonably on whatever equipment I have on hand. So my gear anxiety is over.