So I had the brilliant idea to shrink my rig for use in my 3 piece metal band. I ended up getting a great deal on a pair of EA NL-210 cabinets and a Mesa 400+. My thinking was that the EA's have a reputation for being transparent and that they are capable of clarity at high volume. I figured they'd be a good match for the 400+ and put out exactly what goes into 'em. All I've ever read about the 400+ is that it gets "silly" loud and with the 12au7 preamp tube can get good volume while maintaining relative clarity. Now my issue is that I used it in a band setting for the 1st time last night and am having to crank it enough that I'm getting Lemmy like dirt out of it (master at 10 and both gains at 8-ish). Not that it sounds bad.....great overdriven tone but it's not what I'm after. I'd like just a touch of dirt with more clarity at volume. Some more eq tweaking may help but I'm not sure if it will help enough. Am I just way off on my cabinet selection? Am I just asking too much from 4 10" speakers? Would I be better off with a 4x10 + 1x15 combo? What else may help me get more clarity at volume? At lower volume the 400+ has the tone/clarity I'm after....it's just when I crank the settings to get the volume I need it overdrives too much for my taste. From all I've heard/read the Mesa should be able to handle my needs so that's why I'm leaning towards the cabinets as the issue. Thanks for any insight.