I paired an Alessandro GA-SC64 Eminence Speaker with my '64 Bandmaster that I turned into a 1x12 combo and I've been quite impressed with it, even as new as it is! As for your amp choices - are there any local amp makers there in Canada? Here in Australia there are some boutique builders that will make you a DR clone for about $2k, and they're all hand made with good components. Many people prefer them to anything Fender. Lets face it, Fender are actually creating clones of old Fender amps anyway! I agree with some of the above comments though, look for a silver face, or get a reissue or clone with a good speaker. I've never played the early 80's blackface versions so I can't comment in them. From what I read online though their circuit design differs from the BF or SF amps.