I don't think we have a thread quite like this, so I thought I'd start one. What drew you to high wattage rigs? What's your current high power tower? What have you tried that others in various genres might want to know about? I've always enjoyed 100W amps, and never really spent time with anything less than "80W" (Traynor 212, awfully quiet). I've had various high gain amps but currently run a stock '83 JCM800 2203. I keep toying with the idea of a 12AT7 etc in the preamp, or switching to 6550's and new iron when my current OT finally gives up (hopefully I have a couple of years there). I run the amp clean as a pedal platform. We play "Post-hardcore" but we just call it spacey punk . My experience in personally trying out high powered heads is pretty small. I did see a Mesa Coliseum for sale in Toronto a year or so ago for a good price but alas, I couldn't get it. When we were tracking LP3 in March, the studio has a Louis Electronics "woodstock JH plexi" (my name, not theirs) and that thing is the loudest head I've ever heard in person. It was awesome, and made our cranked 2203's sound relatively tame. It was on 1.5 IIRC . I do hope to try an Orange Thunderverb and Dr. Z Surgical Steel at some point. I'm not sure if it would replace my JCM800 but I'm open to the idea, relatively.