Hey guys... I'm reading here for a couple of years and learned and laughed a lot. But today I have to start with writing I really need some more ears, advice and opinions. I'm recording my songs with my band for pre-production and demo use. It's far away from being pro but we do this before going into a studio just to be prepared. And all of the time I'm not happy with my guitar sound. I find it too scooped, not crunchy enough for our music, too flat and so on. In the last couple of days I've reamped some takes to find out what I could do better. Here is the equipment I've used... EVH 5153 head (settings for this session: all tone knobs 12 o'clock) EVH 412 cab (Celestion G12EVH greenback style) Audix I-5 (believe me, my SM57 makes it worse) And than I took my head at home and connected it to my selfmade isolation cab, which is equipped with a single Celestion V30. This isolation cab is only for practicing, fun and my little playground at home, not meant to get a killer sound from it. So, here are the clips. Sorry for the "mix", I'm just in the beginners phase and it's recorded in our rehearsal room. The guitar sound is just rough reamped and not treated. 1. EVH head + EVH cab + audix i5 ... http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12485269/reamping%20test/git_test_snip1.mp3 2. EVH head + iso cab (V30) + audix i5 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12485269/reamping%20test/git_test_snip2.mp3 This one was just for trying out my little tiny terror, but I like the little more amount of growl it adds to the sound. EVH Head + Tiny Terror + iso cab (V30) + audix i5 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12485269/reamping test/git_test_snip3.mp3 Ok... and I like the V30 clips a lot more. It's much more into the style of sound which I want. But I have to add, that the clean sound is killer when recorded, but our music contains only 10% clean... Here is my list of options I'm thinking about... - Keep it as it is and buy a new pair of ears because the old ones are fucked up. (have to sell a kidney for that first) - buy a pair of V30s an put it into the EVH cab. If I do that, how is the typical setup for mixed speakers? Crossed, parallel? Don't know that. Does that sound ok? Could I expect troubles because of the huge different wattage? - sell the EVH cab and buy an Orange or a Mesa cab. (have to sell a kidney too for the Mesa) but I think I would miss the cab on some more bluesy tones. I'm very thankful for your thoughts on this.