A coworker and good friend of mine is in the midst of getting ready to downsize his living situation and possibly do some cross-country moving. He and I have been bouncing ideas back and forth for a small simple rig that would be easy to move (both across town or across the country), reliable, and of course sound great. I figured I might as well pick some brains around here and see what you all might think. Some info for consideration: - He plays just about every style imaginable, so sparkling clean to extreme modern gain is necessary. - Mostly plays and records at home, so volume control is important. But, is looking to get back to playing out again. - He recently got a used Blues Jr (III, I think) on a steal and seems to have fallen in love with it. I think it may be his first tube amp, but either way, he seems very smitten with it minus the volume. Some ideas I've tossed his way: - Keeping the Blues Junior and Mooer 5150-ish micro preamp he already has and loves. I suggested he simply add a Torpedo Captor to use as an attenuator between the amp and speaker at home, as well as allow him a great cab/loadbox/DI sim for silent recording or for running out to the PA in venues conducive to it. Total price just $249 and my favorite option should he want to keep the Blues Jr. - Using a Two Notes Le Preamp of his choosing (likely the Le Clean or Le Crunch) + the Mooer and something like a Headrush FRFR. This keeps a 2-channel tube preamp in the mix as well as having good direct/cab sim capabilities for home use and direct to PA, but does allow him to absolutely blow doors down should he ever need that power. And it's all just a small pedalboard and a toolbox sized cab. Big question is just how controllable are those 2000 watts in the Headrush? Total price: $500-600 based on which cab he gets. - Again, using a Le Preamp, but running into a Bandit clean channel should her prefer a more traditional cab. I think it's a lesser option than either of the above, but Bandits are cheap and bulletproof. Total Cost $400-500 based on the Bandit. Seems like a worse version of either of the first two. - Something like a Line 6 HX Stomp into a Headrush. He loses any tube action, but does get a HUGE selection of tones on tap, extreme portability, and less maintenance worry than with tubes. It's a simple, small do everything rig. Total price: $800-900. Ouch. We've also discussed some Quilter products, so those have been tossed about nebulously. Anyway, I'm just babbling at this point. I'll can it and defer to your knowledge, fellow twangers.