Pretend you find yourself in a situation where you need to find an amp you can gig with while playing with a 4 person band (drums-bass-keyboard-drums) that plays a variety of music covering blues-country-rock. You have to have it for a gig where you don't know if you will be able to use a microphone for the amp. The gig is tomorrow night. You have a budget of $400. So scan the local Craig's list, penny saver, pawn shops or used gear in shops that you may know of, etc., and see what you come up with. You can't use E-bay, unless it's local. (becuase the gig is tomorrow) In my case, in San Diego, I found a Fender Blues Jr. for $400 and a Carvin 50 watt Nomad for $350, both on CL. I'd be inclined to go for the Carvin, becuase I might need some clean headroom without being mic'd. And I'd use the extra bucks to pick up a used dirt pedal somewhere. What would you do where you live?