ricepr wrote:Weight is an issue.
But I may end up with a McIntosh someday
You sound just like me. My day to end up with a McI came about 6 weeks ago. My MC50 is light weight and freaking loud. Where do you play? Most people buy more amp than we need and then never extract its true greatness because we can't turn it anywhere past 4. If it's not in stadiums, again like me, an MC50 may be all you need. I spent $400 for an excellent condition unit and another $400 to fully service it and add an IEC plug, on-off switch, and 1/4" ins and outs. $800 for a real, perfect McI. Compare that to what a new MESA STEREO 2:FIFTY™ POWER AMP cost.