I have the option to buy either a used fender 4x10 hot rod deville or a solid state half stack. Personally, I have liked the solid state amps I have used in the past, but is the deville worth trying? If I went solid state I would go Ampeg vh-140c or maybe a Randall. A used SS head and cab seem to run between 350-500 around here depending on which you get, and the deville's are about 500 used. I play metalcore, and do things from almost all acoustic songs all the way to death metal type stuff, so my range is huge. I use multiple stompboxes etc, so effects isn't what matters to me.