About three weeks ago, I traded a bunch of equipment (a Roland JC-55, Mesa/Boogie V-Twin, Boss RT-20 and EHX BMS big chassis) for a red stripe Mesa/Boogie Mark III head. I'd really like to play it, but I live in a house with other occupants, none of whom want to hear me play after a certain hour. However, I know that the only way to make a tube amp sound right is to crank it. The two, obviously, cannot coexist. There are a couple of solutions: 1. Trade the head for a low-watt amp (there are a few that spring to mind). 2. Be a disagreeable housemate, and play it full blast; 3. Get a power attenuator. Since I refuse to trade this head, having never used it, and since I'm not about to be evicted from my own house, I'll have to look at an attenuator. Or do I? Is there a way for me to use this 100w head, in my room, at a respectable volume, without sacrificing the mojo that makes tube amps desirable in the first place?
I will stress that this is my first tube amp, and, if I do everything right, my last. I will make this work, which means that I do not want to get rid of this amp. I'm also rather cheap, so I'd like to avoid the "buy a smaller amp" answers, if possible.