Had a surprisingly decent first outing last night with my classic rock four piece. Smaller venue, crowd of somewhere around 80. We were well received. It was my first chance to try out my ‘79 DR in a real world setting, and I’m really frustrated. The darn thing is just too loud for the types of gigs I’m going to be playing in the near future. I’m DYING to at least APPROACH the sweet spot, but I was basically stuck on 1 on the volume. And even then, I had to nudge my volume pedal down a bit most of the night. My initial reaction is I’ve got to replace that super efficient Hempdog speaker. It sounds great, but I don’t know how often (if ever) I’ll be able to really achieve any tube overdrive in my gigs. So it’s kind of a waste. I’m strongly considering an Eminence Maverick. When the dial on the back of the speaker is all the way up, it’s pretty much as efficient (according to specs) as the Hempdog, should I ever need that. But when it’s cranked down, its efficiency is about 91 dB. I’m shooting for latter day Keith Richards type breakup at small gig volumes. Last night, I managed to muddle through with my generic TS-style pedal dialed in kinda SRV style. So guys, if I put a Maverick in the DR, will I be able to at least get in the ballpark of the amp’s sweet spot at modern-day small club levels? One final note: I DO have a 6g2 clone being built. I should be getting that by the end of July. It IS going to have a Maverick. Should I just leave the DR as-is? It does have great clean tone, and it can be a great amp for my other band, which does funk/disco. The 6g2 is, in theory, the answer to my musical prayers. Just looking for some insight from some folks who play the same type of music in similar settings with similar equipment. Tone is a HUGE deal for me. I play exponentially better when I’m dialed in, and I’m struggling to dial it in, due to the volume thing.