Hi guys. I wanted to make a really great, compact rig for gigging small shows. Right now I have a Traynor Ironhorse (40 watt, clean tube amp) that I run a Blackstar HT-Dual in front of. Problem is, the dual sounds OK but lacks a midrange growl and aggressiveness that I'm looking for (kinda like when you crank the RESONANCE knob on a tube amp). Plus, I'd like to play with some minor effects, so I thought I'd get a mutlieffects unit.
I was looking into the Vox Tonelab series, mainly because it has a tube in it (does it still make a difference, or has the tech reached the point where it doesn't even matter?) and because it has a Soldano SLO model in there (which is one of my favorite amps). But I've read some reviews where Vox stuff falls short when it comes to heavy rock/metal. I thought maybe the newer Zoom G3 pedal might do the trick, but I used to own a 7.1ut and it was way too complicated to configure so I'm afraid of their products now.
Another option is the Line 6, but their HD line seems a bit excessive for my needs. Plus, they're a bit pricey. I'd rather spend somewhere around $250 for one. In fact, the smaller, the better.
Anyone have any good experiences with BOSS stuff? Or Digitech? Please keep in mind I play in a heavy metal band (not Death Metal or "Extreme" metal or anything) with another guitarist plugged into a JCM800. I just don't want my tone to get buried.