I am searching for a metal amp and have been inspired by this thread. My only experience with 5150ish tones are my AxeFx where I prefer the 5150-model over the Rectos and Engls and a Bugera 6260 (sold long time ago) for getting an Unearth-like tone (that's what I am after). But the AxeFx models EL34 power amps... So here are my choices: Keep my AxeFx: it sounds good, but it is still not "real" and too complex, so I end up tweaking all day without playing or recording anything. Bugera 6260: EUR 277! Close to nothing. I once had one but I haven't been impressed that much. It sounded very sterile and not organic at all, kinda dry.... But I can swap the poweramp tubes to EL34, which maybe more my taste. If a 6505/5150 sounds like this, I don't want one. Peavey 6505+ 112 combo: I'll use it like a head with my Mesa 4x12. A "real" Peavey for half the money of the 6505 head. But does it sound like a 6505 head? Peavey 6505 head: The real one. Most expensive. If I don't like it, I'll probably lose more than the Bugera would cost. Used 6505s go for about EUR 800 (new EUR 1100), but are pretty rare. So many choices... Can you help? I am not into used gear that much.