Wow! A lot of responses. Thanks to all who commented. I will try to answer all the questions asked of me which will narrow focus a bit more: I'm worried that the ant sounds thin, giant too loud, valve jr too loud, champ too thin. I disagree. I checked out the ZVex Nano on youtube, and I believe it will convince you that low volume has to sound thin. So far, the ZVex, as well as the Surprise Sound Lab Rock Block, seem pretty much right on target, but are both a little more than I wanted to spend. $500 and $400 respectively for head only. This should clarify several of the posts. I have a large amp already (peavey classic 30.) It just isn't working for me at bedroom level. I have the volume set to halfway to 1 on a 12 scale. At that point, it is super sensitive to the slightest change. And it is just a little too big, generally. Also, I really hate preamp distortion, so I am not interested in master volume amps. The Classic 30 has two channels, one with master, and I NEVER use it. I am definitely a "get the amp to sound great clean and then add a pedal for dirt" kind of guy. I have an amp modeler that I use for home recording, and this whole idea to get a small amp is with an eye towards getting away from the modelers. They are great for practice, but I would like to get a more personal sound that I enjoy noodling with and that I can mic up too. Again, thanks for all the replies! Please keep them coming as I have had several leads from this thread.